U.S. President Barack Obama is not expected to attend the Opening Ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t coming at all, he could still attend to watch high-profile American athletes compete, like skiier Lindsay Vonn.
An official announcement from the White House may come as early as next week regarding the American delegation to the Games.
It’s expected that Vice-President Joe Biden will be named as the U.S. government’s official face at the lavish Feb. 12 event.
He’ll join a roster of kings, queens and government ministers who have said they’ll be attending, though not all of the heads of state of the 80 nations competing at the Games have RSVP’d.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown isn’t expected to attend nor is Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Instead, sports ministers from their countries are confirmed, including the U.K.’s Tessa Jowell, who is in charge of preparations for the London 2012 Games.
Russia, which is hosting the 2014 Winter Games, is expected to be represented by current President Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev, as well as Vice-President Dmitry Kozak, who oversees those Olympics.
It’s unknown whether Prince Charles or his sons William and Harry will attend.
It’s traditional that Princess Anne, who is a member of the IOC, is the one who represents the Royal Family at the Olympics.
Other royals coming include King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange, from the Netherlands, who is also an IOC member.
But just because heads of state are not on the list for the opening or closing ceremonies doesn’t mean they won’t attend the Games at all.