More than three dozen House Republicans have reached out to the U.S. Olympic Committee expressing concerns over political statements of American athletes who will be representing the U.S. at this summer’s games in Tokyo.
The lawmakers implored the USOC to remind athletes to adhere to Rule 50 of the International Olympic Committee’s charter, which bars political expression by competitors.
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“We are deeply concerned by the growing trend of American athletes taking advantage of the international platform afforded by the Olympic games to perpetuate divisive, hateful and anti-American ideologies,” said a letter to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Chair Susanne Lyons and CEO Sarah Hirshland signed by 39 House members. Those who signed included Reps. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., Jim Banks, R-Ind., Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., and Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.
The lawmakers specifically called out BMX freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe, who will represent the U.S. at the Olympics as an alternate. The members of Congress noted that Wolfe declared she wanted to win in Tokyo so she could “burn a US flag on the podium.”
Wolfe made that comment in a Facebook post in March 2020. She told Fox News that the post, which has since been deleted, doesn’t mean she doesn’t care about her home country.
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“Anyone who thinks that I don’t care about the United States is sorely mistaken,” Wolfe told Fox News. “One of the reasons why I work so hard to represent the United States in international competition is to show the world that this country has morals and values, that it’s not all of the bad things that we’re known for.”
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