President Obama on Tuesday announced the members of the U.S. official delegation to Sochi, Russia, for next year's Winter Olympics.
The message sent, based on both who is and who isn't going, is as obvious as a Siberian winter.
In a bit of Cold War passive aggressiveness, and one that will add spark to the two nations' sporting rivalry, the United States will send no high-ranking government officials to attend the Games.
The delegation will, however, include two openly gay former athletes in an obvious condemnation of Russia's recently passed legislation that banned "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."
That law is seen as part of a far-reaching anti-gay crackdown in Russia that has received considerable international condemnation in the run up to the Olympics.
Tennis great Billie Jean King will be part of the group that attends the high-profile, Feb. 7, 2014, opening ceremonies. Caitlin Cahow, a two-time medalist in ice hockey, will be present for the Feb. 23 closing ceremonies.Read More »from President sends right statement by including two gay athletes in Sochi Games delegation