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Olympics: What the Avs say about security concerns

Published: February 5, 2014, 9:45 pm, by Paul Klee

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My column for the Olympics special section is here, in case it’s too hidden on Gazette.com.

The goal, no pun intended, was to learn how the Avalanche players (above) who are competing in Sochi felt about competing in Sochi. I don’t believe the U.S. should be in Sochi, so I wondered what they thought.

There are four Avs in the Olympics. The gist of their response was this: the athletes are concerned about safety, but national pride trumps that concern. 

“This is different. This is a different part of the world, probably a little more dangerous than other parts, considering where the area is,” Avalanche forward Paul Stastny said. “It does scare a few people. But you trust the security. (Russian president Vladimir) Putin seems like a straight-arrow guy. He’s not going to let anyone mess with his Olympics. I think if someone does get out of hand, he’ll take care of it as soon as possible.” 

Stastny, Matt Duchene, Semyon Varlamov and Gabe Landeskog are the Avs in Sochi. You can read more from them in the column. Stay safe, friends.

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