USOC To Meet With Cyclists

By: AP
By: AP
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Officials from the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee will talk this week with four cyclists who wore masks when they got off an airplane in Beijing.

The USOC had made the masks available for athletes concerned about poor air quality in Beijing, but the four were the only athletes known to have disembarked an airplane at the Beijing airport wearing the masks.

The cyclists apologized for offending the Olympic hosts, but now they want an apology from the USOC for making them say they were sorry.

Cyclists Michael Friedman, Sarah Hammer, Bobby Lea and Jennie Reed had their attorney send a letter last week to the leadership of the Athletes Advisory Council saying the flap was "emotionally devastating" and had a negative affect on their Olympic performances.

Of the four, only Hammer had a top-five finish.

She and Reed were considered medal contenders.

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