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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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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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lunarstruck February 04 2014 at 8:10 PM

I'm worried, why aren't they?

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jijjhnsn February 04 2014 at 5:22 PM

Scare tactic rocking the Olympics.

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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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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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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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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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sacibee February 04 2014 at 2:36 PM

WIth all of the Putin mess, and him threatening his own people..why the heck did the IOC pick Russia? There are no warm and fuzzy feelings between them and the USA, or any other friendly country. Let us all pray that things go peacefully.

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madcap.1 February 04 2014 at 2:36 PM

this is really unfortunate. at a time when the athletes focus should be on nothing but the competition she will always have this in the back of her mind.
this will definitely give her competitors an edge.
maybe that is the point of the whole thing to begin with

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prosymom madcap.1 February 04 2014 at 2:56 PM

That's why they wait until just prior to the event to make the threat...they're hoping these folks who feel threatened will cancel out...

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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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