US delegation member calls Olympic trip 'humbling'

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 10:30 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A member of the U.S. delegation sent to the Olympics by President Barack Obama says she witnessed no backlash over the inclusion of homosexuals in the group as an apparent protest against Russia's anti-gay laws.

Caitlin Cahow said Thursday she received a warm welcome from the Russians she met, both officials and everyday citizens.

The two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team was named to the delegation along with former tennis star Billie Jean King and figure skater Brian Boitano, who are also gay. King was forced to withdraw because her mother is ill. Cahow replaced her at the opening ceremony.

A Harvard graduate who is now back at Boston College Law School, Cahow said the trip was "humbling" and "life-changing."

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