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Thread: Uncertain if US athletes can go to Olympics

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    This thing is exaggerated. To be fair, the headlines about "Russia banned!" are a bit over the top too, since I expect we will see most (if not all) of the top Russian contenders in figure skating attend.

    On the plus side, weirdly the articles on the likes of NYT, BBC, and a few other outlets that normally completely ignore figure skating all spotlight Medvedeva as being the main Russian contender not attending. Seems that figure skating is still seen in most of the West as a once-in-every-four-years thing. (Also up until 2010 people kept asking "Is Michelle Kwan going to win gold?" when she wasn't even competing anymore, so that tells you something about at least the American interest level in current skating.)

    Nothing to see here, CNN being hysterical once again.

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    Also: Trump LOVES the Olympics. If it comes down to it, he'll send the entire contingent and then some.

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    I feel that it is safer for the all of the Olympics if the Russians and Chinese attend.

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    Are the people using this as an opportunity to criticize CNN for reporting this just ignoring that CNN is just repeating what a Fox News anchor who interviewed Ambassador Nikki Haley said?

    And just now: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press secretary, said at a White House briefing, in response to a reporter's question, that the official decision on whether to send US athletes to PyeongChang has not been made yet: https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/938844364079550464 This would be seem to be unthinkable this close to a scheduled Olympic games in an ally country with no new known threats.

    But wait! Now Ms. Sanders has felt the need to clarify (or perhaps she got new orders): https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/938849891652161536 "UPDATE: The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues."

    That should've been the official line all along from Ambassador Haley and Press Secretary Sanders. Perhaps neither of them really knew anything and just decided to ad lib. Perhaps there were really internal discussions at the administration as to whether the US will withdraw from the games and that security will be used as a pretense. But then perhaps the military folks in the administration, John Kelly and H. R. McMasters, finally stepped in to speak some sense, and decisions were reversed. As always, my condolences to people who have to make important life decisions based on the whims of the Trump administration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serious Business View Post
    As always, my condolences to people who have to make important life decisions based on the whims of the Trump administration.


    Word.

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    So to recap:

    Nov 28th North Korean missile tests.
    Dec 2nd US National Security Advisor H. R. McMasters says it's safe for Americans to attend the Olympics in South Korea.
    Dec 5th IOC bans Russia from the Olympics.
    Dec 6th US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says it's an "open question" whether the US will send athletes to the PyeongChang Olympics due to security concerns.
    Dec 7th 1pm EST White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says "no official decision has been made" on whether US will send athletes to PyeongChang.
    Dec 7th 2pm EST White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweets out that the US looks forward to participating in the games.

    More twists than a bobsled ride! Will there be another loop? Tune in to find out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maribelle View Post
    I feel that it is safer for the all of the Olympics if the Russians and Chinese attend.
    ^ And maybe Dennis Rodman will be at PyeongChang for the opening ceremony and depart after the closing ceremony. He is the only human being on Earth who is a best friend of both Kim Jong-un and Trump.

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