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King To Miss Olympics Opening; Obama Updates Delegation

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President Obama has updated the U.S. delegation to Friday's Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia, given the absence of Billie Jean King because of her mother's illness. King, the tennis legend, told the Associated Press that "it is important for me to be with my mother and my brother at this difficult time. I want to thank President Obama for including me in this historic mission and I look forward to supporting our athletes as they compete in Sochi." The revamped U.S. delegation, as announced by Obama: -- Janet A. Napolitano, former homeland security secretary and president of the University of California, leader of the delegation; -- Michael A. McFaul, United States ambassador to the Russian Federation; -- Robert L. Nabors, assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for policy; -- Brian A. Boitano, Olympic gold medalist, figure skating; -- Caitlin Cahow, Olympic silver and bronze medalist, women's ice hockey.

The United States and Canada are on the proverbial collision course on the hockey rink in both the men's and women's divisions. And since the world would probably look unfavorably on the U.S. invading Canada, the leaders of both nations have resorted to a more sporting form of settling disputes: a gentleman's wager.

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Steven Harper have bet a case of beer on each game. "For a very brief period of time, I may not feel as warm towards Canadians as I normally do, at least until those matches are over," Obama told Harper while both were at a leaders' meeting in Mexico on Thursday.

The leaders announced the bet on Twitter:

In 2010, Obama sent a case of Yuengling to Canada. This time around, Obama will be putting up cases of the White House's homebrewed Honey Porter. Here's the recipe:

We shall see whether that nectar ends up in the hands of those filthy Canadians. But while beer is a nice bet, it's not the one we really wanted. To wit, a simple premise:

U.S. wins, Canada keeps Justin Bieber. Forever. Who's with me?

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