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U.S. Olympic officials keep close eye on possible threats

Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:08

Feb. 6 - The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee says his priority is to keep American athletes safe, striking a balance between ensuring their safety and encouraging them to move around Sochi. Linda So reports.

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As excitement builds in the streets of Sochi for the 2014 Winter Games, there's also a lot of attention centered around security. U.S. Olympic committee officials say the safety of their athletes is a top priority. SOUNDBITE: U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE CEO SCOTT BLACKMUN, SAYING: "We - as we always do - work very closely with our State Department and our State Department is in very close contact with the local authorities, and we react to situations as they arise, but we also have a lot of planning exercises in advance. And these Games are no different than any other Games in that respect." Russian police are on high alert for any possible attacks at the Games. U.S. athletes have been told to be careful if they chose to leave Olympic Park. SOUNDBITE: U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE CEO SCOTT BLACKMUN, SAYING: "So we just wanted the athletes to be aware of the fact that if they're not in an accredited area, and they are wearing Team USA apparel, that it may create an increased risk for them. But we didn't say don't wear your Team USA apparel. We just want them to be aware of the fact that it does attract attention from time to time." Despite security concerns, fans are flooding into Sochi to celebrate the start of the Winter Games.

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U.S. Olympic officials keep close eye on possible threats

Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:08