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CHAMPAIGN -- An Olympian from Urbana is flying to Russia Monday night, but with news of heightened security and terrorism threats, safety is a concern.
CHAMPAIGN -- An Olympian from Urbana is flying to Russia Monday night, but with news of heightened security and terrorism threats, safety is a concern. An Islamic militant group from Southern Russia took responisbilty for the suicide bombing in Russia last month. That same group issued more threats in a video saying "we have prepared a present for you." WCIA-3's Gary Brode talked to a former training partner of Jonathan Kuck, Chris Wright, to see how she was feeling about it all.

As we get closer to the opening ceremony, the threat of terrorism continues to hang over Sochi. America is sending two warships and several aircraft near the games just in case there's another attack like the one last month.

CBS News analyst Mike Morrell says, "This is the biggest threat we've seen to any Olympics in quite some time."

It's Jonathan Kuck's second trip to the winter Olympics. Last time, he brought home silver. His former training partner says Kuck's not worried about safety. He just wants gold.

"He doesn't think about it," Chris Wright says. "My guess is he's solely focused on his training."

But that doesn't mean she's not concerned.

"I worry for his family and everybody that's over there. Everybody's family. Violence shouldn't be a part of the Olympics," says Wright.

She hopes the threats don't stop people from filling the stands though. She'd be there if she could.

"I would love to go and cheer someone on that I know. I'm in my living room cheering, so I can't imagine being there," Wright explains.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says, "The job of the Olympics' host is to ensure security and we will do whatever it takes."

Russia has spent $2 billion on about 40,000 police and military personnel. The games begin February 7.
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