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Advocate: After the death of her mother, King will participate in the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games.

Tennis player Billie Jean King will head to Sochi after all, despite having to remain in the United States instead of participate in the opening ceremony, to take care of her ailing mother.

King, a tennis icon, was originally named to the U.S. delegation for the Sochi games’ opening ceremony. However, days before the opening ceremony, King and the White House announced that she would have to remain in the States, and hockey player Caitlin Cahow would take her place.

King’s mother passed away February 7 at her home in Arizona at age 91.

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