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U.S. half-pipe team unfazed by security concerns

Friday, February 07, 2014 - 02:01

Feb 7 - The U.S. half-pipe team say they are more concerned with a blocked yogurt shipment than security threats ahead of the start of 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Deborah Gembara reports.

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U.S. athletes in Sochi say they're not too worried about the latest wave of security concerns threatening the Olympic Games. SOUNDBITE: U.S. HALFPIPE TEAM, DAVID WISE, SAYING: "I don't think anybody up here has felt any danger since we've been here, so we're pretty confident that we're going to be able to just focus on our skiing and competing and not let those outside influences really bother or worry us. It's not something that I'm really focused on, and I think I could say the same for the rest of my team mates up here." Many here are on high alert amid talk about toothpaste bombs and a new ban on liquids for flights headed for Russia. Some members of the U.S. half-pipe team, however, are more concerned with what isn't making its way to the Olympics -- namely a shipment of 5,000 containers of Chobani yogurt that Russia won't allow into the country. U.S. Half-pipe Team, Aaron Blunk. SOUNDBITE: U.S. HALFPIPE TEAM, AARON BLUNK, SAYING: "Eating right is a huge part of our sport for sure because without eating right a lot of times you will feel pretty bad, sick to your stomach, and traveling a lot of times - it's always nice to feel that you have something coming in like Chobani yogurt ." The teams say the yogurt is a key part of their training regimen SOUNDBITE: U.S. HALFPIPE TEAM, AARON BLUNK, SAYING: "It gives you protein. It gives you nutrition. It gives you everything you need to keep going, and keep you skiing." Half-pipe team member Torin Yater-Wallace offered yet another theory about why many on the team aren't too concerned about security. SOUNDBITE: TORIN YATER-WALLACE, SAYING: "We're all still teenagers - 17, 18 and 19 - so kind of just goofing around all the time, and it's just a pleasure to spend all this time with them." Even still, Russia isn't taking any chances. They've beefed up security at various checkpoints around the site.

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U.S. half-pipe team unfazed by security concerns

Friday, February 07, 2014 - 02:01