France to Skip 2018 Winter Games If Security Not Assured

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Blackmun said the USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility.

"Due to his lacking of basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring it to a rocket, by doing so however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making our rocket's visit to the entire USA mainland inevitable all the more", Ho said at the United Nations General Assembly in NY. "We fully support the right of our athletes and everybody else to express themselves".

"We're not there yet", she added, just a week after the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2024 summer Olympics to Paris.

Blackmun praised the 1968 Olympic protest by American track and field athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who gave a black power salute from the podium in Mexico City, sparking controversy.

Canada has won four straight Olympic gold medals in women's hockey, but the US has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.

"Hearing that anthem means I've had a really great day and I have nothing but great things to say about it", Wagner said.

"To me it represents all the men and women who have fought for the flag when it waves", Wagner said of the U.S. anthem. If you choose to use it, more power to you.

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"When it comes to the Olympics, I like to think that it's a special event not just like the National Football League or pro sports teams that compete every weekend".

Julia Mancuso whose U.S. women's Alpine ski record haul of four Olympic medals included 2006 giant slalom gold, also backed those who had the courage to take action.

"I'm proud of athletes that stand up for what they believe in. but I also like to think of us all as very patriotic athletes".

The U.S. Olympic committee said it was working with authorities to ensure the safety of its delegation, while Russian Federation said security was each host country's responsibility and China's foreign ministry said it was not aware of any plans for its Olympic team to not attend. "For us it's every four years", she said. "Part of me would be a little bit heartbroken that we're being torn as a nation and we're doing these actions that make us seem we're not one anymore".

"We are relying on advice from DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and working with the Korean Ambassador and if their advice changes, we will advise our team accordingly but for the moment there is no suggestion that the Games will not go ahead or their safety is compromised". "As a person of color I do think it's something that we need to address", said Elana Meyers, an American bobsled pilot and two-time Winter Olympic medalist.

"You won't see me taking a knee for the national anthem or anything like that", Terry said.

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