U.S. Athletes Told Not to Wear Red, White, and Blue Around Sochi

by Rachel Baker on January 25, 2014

More of an FYI, than news. I think its been pretty obvious this was going to be the case. We’ve also got warships waiting and able to evacuate Americans if need be.

The U.S. State Department is warning our Olympic athletes not to wear their uniforms outside of Sochi’s 1,500-mile secured “ring of steel,” as American officials fear they will not be able to protect Americans in the increasingly violent region.

The Wall Street Journal reviewed a memo the Olympic Committee sent to athletes, which said that “the U.S. Department of State has advised that wearing conspicuous Team USA clothing in non-accredited areas may put your personal safety at greater risk.” American Olympians will obviously be an attractive target for anyone looking make trouble during the Games.

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Check out a secondary article here:

U.S. ready to ‘extract’ citizens from Sochi Olympics: Hagel

The United States will be ready to rescue Americans from the upcoming Sochi Olympics, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said amid heightened security fears in the run-up to the Games.

“If we need to extract our citizens, we will have appropriate arrangements with the Russians to do this,” Hagel told journalists on Friday.

Over 10,000 American athletes and spectators are expected to attend the Games, which start on Feb. 7.

Russia has the main responsibility for protecting the Olympics, but recent deadly suicide attacks have heightened worries about militant attacks.

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