The Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia are less than three weeks away and over the weekend members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees expressed concern about security at the event.
Senator Angus King, I-Maine, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he wouldn’t go to the games himself – “and I don't think I would send my family,” he told CNN’s State of the Union.
At the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating National Championships in Boston, OutFront asked some top U.S. skaters about the terror threat and the warning issued to Americans traveling to the Olympics.
U.S. Ladies Champion Gracie Gold: "I feel that perhaps you might not travel to Sochi for a vacation but I trust that the USOC and all other appropriate federations will take care of not just the athletes but the spectators to make sure that the event is secure..."
U.S. Ice Dancing Champion and Olympic Gold Medal Favorite Charlie White: "Yeah I mean obviously it’s tough to completely block that out… I think that’s going to be the case with any type of high profile event. Luckily we have a lot of training and mental training and what we need to focus on as athletes so we don’t get distracted too much….You know we have full faith that all security concerns will be taken care of so we can go out and do our job."
Two-time National Ladies Champion Ashley Wagner: “You know I have the utmost faith in the Russian Olympic Committee as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee in that they will do everything they possibly can to make sure that their athletes are safe and comfortable…it’s putting the situation in their hands and I know that they want us to be comfortable enough so we can just focus on competing.”
U.S. Pairs Champion Simon Shnapir: "...The security is going to be great…We’re really not concerned about that. I’m sure everything’s going to be fine."