Olympians Warned About Wearing Team USA Gear in Sochi

The U.S. State Department warns athletes not to wear clothing that helps terrorists identify their country of origin.
3:00 | 01/25/14

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We begin with a stern warning for U.S. Olympic athletes. They're being told to be more low key and not wear their red, white and blue colors around sochi where they could be prime terror targets. Plus, the U.S. State department has a new travel alert right now. ABC's kirit radio has more. Reporter: Imagine you're an olympic legal and trained your whole life and made it here to sochi to represent your country. But now for security reasons even the U.S. Government is warning you and the rest of team usa to avoid looking too American in public. Team usa may have new outfits designed by Ralph Lauren, but the U.S. Olympic committee pants athletes to be careful where they wear them. In a security memo to athletes the committee suggest they not wear their team logos outside the olympic zone. The fear that Americans could become targets. That advice came straight from the U.S. State department. We generally give this kind of guidance around big international events particularly if there is some kind of threat like we've seen here. Reporte that appears to have grown. The sochi olympics were already on edge after Russia's most wanted terrorist urged his followers to attack the games and again just a few weeks ago when twin bombings rocked a nearby city but the state department issued a new travel alert Friday warning Americans about reports of so-called black widows, Russian authorities are hunting for a woman they say is a suicide bomber. Enough for some olympic athletes to tell their families to stay home. He wanted us to stay home so that he wouldn't have to worry about us one less thing to be concerned about. Reporter: Others say they're taking precautions. We're big fans of the buddy system on our team, so that's, you know, for starters we have that. Other than that, we're going to be pretty sheltered staying in the village where we are. Reporter: And I have to say they're taking security extremely seriously here in sochi. The stadiums will be on lockdown and the U.S. Government will have security teams with the athletes at all times.

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