Published On: Wed, Feb 7th, 2018

Mike Pence To Lead U.S. Olympic Team At Opening Ceremony, Ivanka Trump Will Lead Team For Closing

Todd Lodwick of the United States carries the national flag as he leads his team into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

The countdown is on the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and we now know who will represent the American contingent of athletes in the opening and closing ceremonies. Vice President Mike Pence will represent the United States at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics and Ivanka Trump will serve as the American representative from the Trump administration for the closing ceremonies at Pyeongchang Stadium in South Korea along with all of the American athletes. However, these two representatives, handpicked by Donald Trump, are not without controversy.

Some Olympic Athletes Have Declined To Meet Mike Pence

Olympic athletes like figure skater Adam Rippon have said they don’t appreciate Vice President Mike Pence representing them at the Winter Olympics due to his anti-gay stance and policies. Rippon says he personally feels disrespected by the choice of Pence to represent athletes who have worked their whole lives to prepare for the Winter Olympics.

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