By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com February 14 2014 7:52 PM ET
Tennis player Billie Jean King will head to Sochi after all, despite having to remain in the United States instead of participate in the opening ceremony, to take care of her ailing mother.
King, a tennis icon, was originally named to the U.S. delegation for the Sochi games' opening ceremony. However, days before the opening ceremony, King and the White House announced that she would have to remain in the States, and hockey player Caitlin Cahow would take her place.
King's mother passed away February 7 at her home in Arizona at age 91.
The delegation at the closing ceremony on February 23 includes:
William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, will lead the delegation.
Michael A. McFaul, United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation.
Billie Jean King, Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Bonnie Blair, five-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time bronze medalist, speed skating.
Eric Heiden, five-time Olympic gold medalist, speed skating.