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Russia Ramps Up Security For Sochi Games In Response To Growing Safety Concerns
Published January 8, 2014
ESCAPE CLAUSE: USA TODAY's Kevin Johnson notes a "private crisis-response firm assisting the U.S. ski and snowboard teams for the Winter Olympic Games in Russia has up to five aircraft on standby in the event that medical or security emergencies require an evacuation from Sochi." The evacuation contingencies "underscore growing concerns about Olympic security in the wake of two suicide bombings last week." USA Hockey Senior Dir of Communications Dave Fischer "declined to discuss the team's security plan and the involvement of private security." Johnson writes not since the '02 Salt Lake Games and the '04 Athens Games -- closely following the 9/11 attacks -- has Olympic security "captured the attention seen so far in the run-up to Sochi" (USA TODAY, 1/8).