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Sochi Olympics: Kidnap threats for Austrians Schild and Flock


Sochi Olympics: Kidnap threats for Austrians Schild and Flock


The Austrian Olympic team set off for Sochi Russia on Tuesday ready for the 22nd edition of the Winter Games.

Despite scenes to the contrary, there was a dark cloud that hung over the delegation as they prepared to take to the skies.

The Austrian Olympic committee confirmed earlier in the day it had received a letter threatening to kidnap skeleton racer Janine Flock and skier Marlies Schild.

It added the matter is now being investigating by police.

The team appeared unshaken by the threats with the athletes remaining focused on the Olympic job at hand.

Ski jumper Gregor Schlierenzauer said: “A medal at the Olympic Games is always really great and awesome. We will see, like (in) all competitions. My job is to do good work at the hill, to jump very well and then we will see.”

Austria head to Sochi hoping to better their medal tally of Vancouver 2010 where they finish ninth in the rankings with four gold, six silver and six bronze.

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