Athletes, Families Weigh Security Concerns Amid Sochi Terror Threats
Published February 4th, 2014
GAINESVILLE -- Athletes from all over the globe -- including North Central Florida-- are arriving in Russia this week for the start of the Olympic Winter Games despite the threat of terror.
Ocala mom Debbie Bowe is preparing to take the long flight to Sochi to support her daughter Brittany, who is competing in three long track speed skating events.
While Bowe says she feels safe attending the games, the various committees organizing the trip have advised her -- and all the other U.S. Olympic Team parents to take special precautions.
"It's been recommended that we stay within the Olympic village area, that we not go outside of the Olympic Village area sporting our red, white and blue," Bowe said.
Before her daughter left for Sochi earlier this year, Bowe told her not to worry about the security concerns and focus on her competition.
Her daughter's first event is not until the last week of the games, meaning Bowe watch the opening ceremony here in the states before departing for Sochi.
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