U.S. Olympic Athletes Warned Against Wearing Uniforms
The U.S. is urging American athletes not to wear their official team gear outside of Olympic venues while in Sochi.By Elizabeth Hagedorn | January 25, 2014
With the Olympics just two weeks away, the U.S. is warning its athletes — don’t advertise your nationality while in Sochi.
According to a U.S. Olympic Committee memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. is urging American athletes not to wear their official team gear outside of Sochi’s venues, since doing otherwise could put their "personal safety at greater risk."
But State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said this sort of precaution is not unique to Sochi. “We generally give this sort of guidance around international events, particularly if there is some kind of threat like we see here.”