Olympic Athletes Concerned About Safety

January 2, 2014 5:34 am Last Updated: January 1, 2014 10:36 pm

After the two terrorist attacks that killed 31 people in Volgograd, Russia, earlier this week, some Olympic athletes fear for their safety at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Sochi is about 600 miles away from Volgograd. Russia has increased security forces in Volgograd and the United States has said it will help reinforce security at the Olympics when the games begin Feb. 7.

Seth Wescott, Snowboarder, USA

It definitely concerns me. … I don’t want to be pessimistic about it. … I think you’re watching events start to happen. It’s a country that’s had massive amounts of internal strife that has manifested itself into actual combat. We’re not far away from where a lot of that has gone on in their country. It’s definitely a concern. -USA Today

Ross Miner, Figure Skater, USA

I don’t worry given the history of the Olympics and the tragedy that occurred in Munich, the IOC [International Olympic Committee] takes this very seriously. -USA Today

Torah Bright, Snowboarder, Australia

If the political position gets any worse, I sure … won’t be risking my safety just for an Olympic Games. -The Associated Press.

Jilleanne Rookard, Speedskater, USA

I am concerned. … I’m scared their security may be involved. I don’t know if I necessarily trust their security forces. But they don’t want a national embarrassment, either. I use that thought to relieve some of my worry. I’m sure they want to save their image and their pride. -The Associated Press

Johan Franzen, Hockey Player, Sweden

I’m sure after this, the security will be higher than they intended from the start. -The Associated Press

Shani Davis, Speedskater, USA

It’s terrible we have to live in fear, but that’s just kind of how it is. -The Associated Press

Thomas Morgenstern, Skier, Austria

Of course, you’re having thoughts about it. But when we are at the Olympic Games that will be one of the safest places for sure. … I think they are in control. -The Associated Press