A Boston College law student and Harvard University graduate who is openly gay has been named in the U.S. presidential delegation to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, where Russia's anti-gay policies have stirred controversy.
Caitlin Cahow, a two-time Olympic medalist in ice hockey, was studying for her Constitutional Law exam when the White House released the names of the delegation, USA Today reported.
The 28-year-old is a member of the United States women's national ice hockey team and also plays for Boston Blades in the Canadian Women's Hockey League.
"We are very proud of Caitlin and are not surprised that she has been chosen as a US delegate for the Winter Olympic Games. She is an outstanding student, person and ambassador," BC Spokesman Jack Dunn said in an email to Metro.
Before attending BC, Cahow graduated from Harvard University in 2008.
"It's obviously a statement that's being made, but I think it's an incredibly respectful one," Cahow told USA Today Sports. "Basically, the White House is highlighting Americans who know what it means to have freedoms and liberties under the constitution. That's really what we're representing in Sochi and it's not at all different from what's espoused in the spirit of Olympism.
"So I think it's just a great group of people. I can't believe I've been named one of them because it's a remarkable roster and I just think that we're going to represent what the best America can be. Hopefully, it will unify all of Team USA and send a message of love and acceptance to the world."
Cahow tweeted Tuesday she was "humbled and proud to represent our country with these remarkable ambassadors."
She will join former tennis star Billie Jean King, one of the first prominent athletes to publicly acknowledge her homosexuality, to attend athletic events, meet with U.S. athletes, and attend the Closing Ceremony on Feb. 23.