Ukrainian Skier Pulls Out Of Olympics In Response To Violence In Kiev

Ukrainian Olympic skier Bogdana Matsotska is leaving Sochi due to the violent clashes in Kiev. Matsotska was scheduled to compete Friday in the women's slalom event.

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Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska announced Thursday that she is leaving Sochi in response to the violence in her home country.

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She competed on Feb. 15, in the women's alpine super-G at Sochi.

Matsoksaka, who was scheduled to compete Friday in women's slalom, is leaving Sochi "in solidarity with the fighters" in Ukraine, her father and coach posted on Facebook. It is unclear if she has already left Russia.

The head of Ukraine's Olympic delegation, pole vaulting great Sergey Bubka, said Thursday that Ukraine would not pull out of the OIympics as a team.

The Ukraine Olympic team will continue to participate in Sochi and hopefully raise the spirits of our compatriots back home.

Sergey Bubka@sergey_bubka

The Ukraine Olympic team will continue to participate in Sochi and hopefully raise the spirits of our compatriots back home.

10:47 AM - 20 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I share the common view that athletes who are representing Ukraine are promoting the mission to unite our nation at this horrifying time.

Sergey Bubka@sergey_bubka

I share the common view that athletes who are representing Ukraine are promoting the mission to unite our nation at this horrifying time.

10:47 AM - 20 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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