Russia bombings spark Olympic concerns

December 30, 2013

The bombings in Russia serve as a chilling reminder of what the Winter Olympics represent to terrorists: a high-profile target with more than 2,500 athletes waving the flags of nearly 90 nations.

So, while many Olympic leaders called for calm the day after two bombings about 400 miles from Sochi killed at least 31 people, some of the athletes heading to Sochi spoke of a different reality — their security is never sure thing.

U.S. speedskater Jilleanne Rookard said she was concerned but believes the Russians will have things locked down, if for no other reason than to avoid a national embarrassment.

Russian Olympic leader Alexander Zhukov said the bombings didn’t spark a need for additional security measures because “everything necessary already has been done.”