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U.S. Olympic Committee fully plans to send teams to Pyeongchang

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The U.S. Olympic Committee has not had any talks about the possibility of not sending a team to Pyeongchang, a spokesperson said Thursday, about 12 hours after the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called it “an open question.”

“We have not had any discussions, either internally or with our government partners, about the possibility of not taking teams to the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” a USOC spokesperson said. “We plan on supporting two full delegations in Pyeongchang.”

On Wednesday night, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was asked, “Is the United States recommending that our team goes?” to the Olympics in a TV interview.

“There’s an open question,” Haley said. “I have not heard anything about that, but I do know that in the talks that we have — whether it’s Jerusalem, whether it’s North Korea — it’s always about, how do we protect the U.S. citizens in the area? Those are conversations that are happening daily.

“Certainly that’s a perfect opportunity for all of them [the athletes] to go and do something they’ve worked so hard for. What we will do is, we will make sure we’re taking every precaution possible to make sure that they’re safe and to know everything that’s going on around them.”

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