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Billie Jean King won't be in Sochi

Updated: February 5, 2014, 12:25 PM ET
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SOCHI, Russia -- Billie Jean King, tabbed by President Barack Obama to lead the official U.S. Presidential Delegation to the opening ceremony of the Olympics, will not attend because her mother is ill.

"With my mother in failing health, I will not be able to join the U.S. Presidential Delegation at this week's opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics," King said in a statement released by her press agent. "It is important for me to be with my mother and my brother at this difficult ...

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