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Billie Jean King Leaves Sochi Olympics Delegation

​Updated Friday at 4:50 p.m. PST

Billie Jean King made the right decision when she chose to leave the 2014 U.S. Winter Olympics delegation earlier this week and go to her ailing mother in Arizona.

Her mother, 91-year-old Betty Moffitt, passed away on Friday with Billie Jean at her side. 

We're glad Billie Jean and her younger brother Randy Moffitt were able to spend this remaining time with their mother and we send Billie Jean and her family our condolences. 


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Sad news! It looks like openly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King won't be making the trek to Sochi as part of the U.S. Winter Olympic delegation as previously planned. 

According to a report from The Associated Press, Billie Jean is bowing out due to concerns over her mother's health.

AP writes:

Billie Jean King will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill.

King has been outspoken in her opposition to Russia's anti-gay law and had planned to attend ice hockey and figure skating events and meet U.S. athletes during her three-day visit to the games.

The White House announced that former U.S. hockey player Caitlin Cahow, originally scheduled for the closing ceremony, will take King's place.

King told The Associated Press on Wednesday that because of her mother's "failing health, I will not be able to join the U.S. Presidential delegation at this week's opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics."

Betty Moffitt, her 91-year-old mother, lives in Arizona and has been ill for some time. King will be joined by her brother Randy Moffitt, a former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

"It is important for me to be with my mother and my brother at this difficult time. I want to thank President Obama for including me in this historic mission and I look forward to supporting our athletes as they compete in Sochi."

We hope her mother will be okay! While we were looking forward to seeing and hearing Billie Jean at the Sochi Olympics, family certainly comes first.

We're sending her family well wishes!