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Caitlin Cahow upends Germany's Sara Seiler during the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Olympics: An in-your-face move by U.S.

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Billie Jean King and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will join the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi, Russia.

Pssst. Hey, Vladimir Putin. Here's mud in your eye, dude.

Look, I don't care what your political leanings might be, or whether or not you think President Obama is good, bad or indifferent. If you don't love this great big flaming up-yours to Putin and the rest of the gay-bashing bigots running Russia these days, you need to check your soul. 'Cause you don't have one.

Can't think of any clearer message to send, without actually saying a word, than to send Billie Jean King and one other openly gay athlete to Russia as part of the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Games.


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