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Despite attacks in Russia, olympian says athletes will be safe

By Dana Molina, Multimedia Journalist/Telemundo Anchor, dana.molina@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 30 2013 07:32:30 PM CST

One Olympian says the attacks in Russia could be a distraction for athletes, but he trusts they'll be safe.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Colorado Springs, the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is reacting to the bombings in Russia. A 2008 olympian said those types of events could be a distraction for the athletes, but he's confident they'll be safe.

Eli Bremer competed in the modern pentathlon in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. He knows the kind of pressure that's on athletes right now, and how events like the attacks can affect them and their families.

"Everybody's going to be a little bit heightened in terms of their awareness of what's going on," he said. "Especially as athletes are going through Olympic trials right now, it'll be a little bit distracting."

Bremer has some advice for people heading to the games - be aware and listen to the security policies.

"As long as athletes stay inside the system at the Olympics, they should be very safe, and they should have a great experience," he said.

And he trusts the security personnel.

"We've got some of the best people in the world working on it and my hope is that the same professionals will be able to keep the athletes safe in Sochi," he said.

In a statement, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said, "We offer our sincere condolences to those affected by the bombings in Russia. We are always concerned with the safety of our delegation and the Sochi Games are no different in that regard. We will continue to work closely with the local organizing committee, our State Department and law enforcement agencies to ensure that all appropriate measures are in place."

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