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Skier out of Olympics, citing violence in Ukraine

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 20, 2014 at 8:16 a.m. Updated February 20, 2014 at 9:37 a.m.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — A Ukrainian skier has withdrawn from the Olympics to protest the deaths of anti-government protesters in her country.

"I don't want to participate when in my country people die," Bogdana Matsotska said Thursday.

The 24-year-old skier is refusing to ski Friday in the slalom, which is her third and best event at the Sochi Olympics.

Matsotska wants to leave the Olympics immediately to join protesters in the camp known as Maidan in Kiev's Independence Square, but said she has been unable to book a flight home.

"I am in Maidan, but just with my soul," she said.

Matsotska is remaining with Oleg Matsotskyy, her father and coach, in the Olympic athletes' village in the mountains above Sochi.

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HawgFan says... February 20, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.

Good for her!!! Hopefully this gives the U.S. a better shot at another medal!!

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