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Mike Pence to lead White House delegation at Olympics

Mike Pence

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 file photo, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters in a hangar at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Monday Jan. 1, 2018 that an expected visit by Pence has been postponed again. Pence was scheduled to visit Israel in December 2017. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP, File)


Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics.

A White House official said Wednesday that Pence will attend the Winter Games. NBC coverage begins Feb. 8, with the Opening Ceremony Feb. 9

One U.S. president has attended an Olympics held outside the U.S. -- George W. Bush at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.

In 2014, the White House delegation was led by openly gay retired athletes Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano and Caitlin Cahow as well as U.S. Olympic champion speed skaters Eric Heiden and Bonnie Blair.

That White House Olympic delegation was the first not to include the sitting U.S. President, Vice President, First Lady or a former president since Sydney 2000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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