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Americans Not Concerned with Security in Sochi

Some Americans we spoke with in Sochi say they understand why security is heightened and they won't let it ruin their Olympic experience.
SOCHI -- Face-painted and full of energy, fans pourred into Olympic Park for the first weekend of Olympic competition. 

They were also treated to performances outside of the venue: showcasing and highlighting Russia's rich culture.

“Russian people have been friendly," said Jeff Wells of St. Louis. "Not just Russian people...one of the great things about the Olympics is meeting people all over the world.”

As fans enjoyed the Olympic atmosphere, security in Sochi remained tight.  Friday night, a plane was successfully diverted to Istanbul after an alleged bomb threat to hijack the flight and take it to Sochi was foiled.
 
“Heightened security but not much more than what I experienced in previous Olympics,” added Wells.

These are are Jeff Wells 8th Olympic games.  He says the biggest difference is the liquid ban and not being able to take water on public transportation, but he completely understand the reason for the rule. 

“You have the whole world, Russia's had extra threats, legitimate ones, but it didn't stop me, and didn't stop people in the states,” noted Wells.

“I think the plane incident was random and take it as such,” said Dan Partelow of Los Angeles.

Partelow is also a veteran Olympic fan making his 6th trip.  So far, he says his stay in Sochi has been wonderful and he doesn't plan on letting it ruin his Olympic experience. 

“I heard someone say this is the safest place on the globe and i believe that,” added an excited Partelow.

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