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Austrians get kidnap threats against Schild, Flock

VIENNA (AP) -- The Austrian Olympic Committee has received an anonymous letter containing a kidnap threat against Alpine skier Marlies Schild and skeleton pilot Janine Flock during the Sochi Games.

The letter, written in German, was delivered Monday into the mailbox of its Vienna office, AOC general secretary Peter Mennel said Tuesday.

"We have immediately alerted the Federal Criminal Agency, which is investigating the case," Mennel said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck confirmed the ongoing investigation, adding that Russian authorities had been informed and that no information would be made public if or when additional security measures were established for Schild and Flock.

The AOC said in a statement that it was "not regarding it as an acute threat at the moment."

Mennel discussed the matter with Flock on Tuesday during a flight from Vienna to Sochi.

"She is not worried, she trusts in our security measures," Mennel said, adding that Austrian athletes will be accompanied by members of a police special taskforce when they leave the Olympic Village.

Schild is scheduled to travel to Russia next week as she will only compete in the women's slalom on Feb. 21.

"I can't judge the situation right now," Schild told the Austria Presse Agency. "I am not someone who easily panics but this obviously gives me an unpleasant feeling."

Schild said she learned of the kidnap threats through news reports, adding "It's a bit weird to hear it from the media."

"I hope the issue will be solved immediately," she said. "Only experts can tell how to judge this."

Schild, who won silver in slalom in Vancouver four years ago, is set to compete in her fourth Olympics. She also won silver in the combined event and bronze in slalom at the 2006 Turin Games.

In December, Schild set the record for most World Cup slalom wins by a female skier with her 35th victory.

Flock, who is set to make her first Olympic appearance, won the European skeleton title last month at a World Cup event in Koenigssee, Germany.

The kidnap comes less than two weeks after a string of European Olympic committees, including Austria's, received emails containing terrorist threats against its athletes in Sochi.

Those messages were later deemed a hoax by security experts, who said such threats were common ahead of big events. Sochi organizers described them as "not real."

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ricks1951f1 February 04 2014 at 12:09 PM

I wish these ladies the best of luck and the best of security.

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ingefitz February 04 2014 at 1:11 PM

Ms.Child and Ms.Flock, I will pray very hard all the way from California
for your safety

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beliefchallenge ingefitz February 04 2014 at 1:29 PM

ingefitz..."praying and rocking on your porch chair, will get the same result...you feel better, but don't get any where"...mark twain

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dstauff1093 beliefchallenge February 04 2014 at 3:07 PM

When praying does not give the hoped for answer then it was "god's will". It's kind of a 50/50 shot.

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bigred8690 February 04 2014 at 4:34 PM

I think Putin would welcome a terrorist incident on the outskirts, as long as it's not in Olympic venue. That way he would have an excuse to go into Chechnya again and commit huge atrocities. And the world will temporarily forget about the corruption surrounding the construction.

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macsportsvt February 04 2014 at 4:18 PM

Not a problem. Only exceptionally stupid or rabid terrorists (which is essentially one and the same) would even think about doing something in the Sochi area. They shall be less than toast if they are insane enough to act ... so, please do try.

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hdkayne1 macsportsvt February 04 2014 at 5:12 PM

rabid, yes. stupid, not so much. how else do you think so many of these bas---ds have managed to escape capture? and by the way: the ones insane enough to act are exactly the ones we have to worry about (think: suicide bombers). my question is which moron decided sochi was a good venue for the olympics?

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BIG POPPY February 04 2014 at 1:21 PM

stay away and the terrorists win... be strong when faced with these punks... they feed on your fears...

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whstokey BIG POPPY February 04 2014 at 1:38 PM

When a threat is treated and punished the same as the act that is threatened society will become safer because the nut cases will be off the street. If the threat is real then pre-emtive action is warranted and should be taken. If you don't like the consequences don't do the deed.

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franksmoody whstokey February 04 2014 at 2:29 PM

Especially if one does not want a pair of swissor up their rectum.

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Bill February 04 2014 at 3:43 PM

Putin is crazy as a fox. The games will bring the nut cases out in the open where they will be cut off at the knees !!!

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dwc1863 February 04 2014 at 1:40 PM

Every low life nut case is going to be coming out of the woodwork now. The security will catch any if they where to do more than just talk and send letters. Run them to ground with the leads you can get.

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franksmoody dwc1863 February 04 2014 at 2:28 PM

But first, we must shove a pair of swissors up their rectums and snip, snip, snip.
Then kill them.

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elnpet franksmoody February 04 2014 at 3:36 PM

Please lets use some dignity. This is where the Olympics are , so lets deal with it with out such awful comments and smirks. Things are rough enough with out adding to them. I want to see all atheletes leave the Olympics SAFE. We should be pulling together for a nice and safe time . Terrorists are all over the world. Yyou cannot chamge them. We have to deal with them and try to keep them from doing harm to any of the athletes. and civilians. May GOD, be with us through these tough times. amen.

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Glenda Norris February 04 2014 at 3:15 PM

The Olympics are supposed to bring the People of the World together in healthy competition.

We can never back off of any of these threats. If I was there, I would not be afraid, maybe concerned, but not afraid. This is what the terrorist want, for us to be afraid. I am blessed to live in the greatest country in the world, American, and I don't give terrorist any considertion at all. I live my life with my eyes open, but not in fear. God Bless All The Olympians and Keep You Safe.

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Schaysheek February 04 2014 at 1:51 PM

Let these champions alone. This is a time for all countries to come together for what should be a wonderful event. If these are rebels or terrorists, shoot them on the spot. Do not throw money away, by giving them their day in court. If they plan on hurting anyone, then kill them and be done with it. Let all rebels and terrorists know that they do not run the world or anyone in it. Give them what they are asking for DEATH.

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abbafan320 Schaysheek February 04 2014 at 2:27 PM

And just who is going to determine if they are terrorist? You? Your post is exactly why we have laws and procedures for court proceedings, trials, etc.

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madcap.1 abbafan320 February 04 2014 at 2:39 PM

i will determine if they are a terrorist and i would put their head on spike at the Olympic village as a warning.
go for it Putin , set an example

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prosymom Schaysheek February 04 2014 at 3:00 PM

Russia will not cater to terror threats--these idiots want to start something? They will get their own back again ten-fold. I don't believe Putin will play the "games" their way...

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cpenrod February 04 2014 at 3:57 PM

Protect the athletes, as best we can. Forget arresting terrorists. Leave them laying where they are found! Arresting them only gives them a political stage. Get the idea, Holder and Obama???

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casey cpenrod February 04 2014 at 4:18 PM

I forget where is Osama Bin Laden.. on trial?

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michael mauck casey February 04 2014 at 4:48 PM

Bengazi Marines remember them or does your demo eyes just see the good stuff

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ffishb cpenrod February 04 2014 at 8:00 PM

I know this will be a shock for you but Holder and Obama have NOTHING to do with any of this, regardless of the outcome. SO why don't you find the right story to start babbeling your political BS

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gailzeke1 ffishb February 05 2014 at 9:59 AM

Not true - Obama is the one who presented to the Olympic Committee our bid to have the Olympic games this year in the United States. Apparently he couldn't even sell that idea with his charismatic (?) personality. When speaking with my friends currently living in Europe and Asia (who listen to BBC for news), I am told that Putin is much more respected than Obama. We have lost the trust of many of our former allies and for good reason. Citizens in the US get nothing but "double-speak" in many instances!

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