Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark not worried about security at South Korea games

Snowboarder Kelly Clark knows a thing or two about how world events can effect the Olympic Games. 

Clark's very first Olympic appearance was in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002, just months after the attacks on 9/11. Emotions were high heading into the Games -- and surveillance was even higher. 

"The security five months after 9/11 was pretty tight," she told AOL.com during an interview at a Team Kellogg's event. 

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The 2002 Olympics were only the second time snowboarding was ever featured as a sport after its introduction in 1998. Clark won the gold medal in the women's halfpipe event, which was not only her first gold, but also the first for the country in snowboarding -- and the first medal awarded to the U.S. overall during those Games. 

"It was just something to be celebrated," she recalled. "Nothing will ever be more special."

Look back at Kelly Clark's Olympic successes: 

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Snowboarder Kelly Clark poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City Utah, U.S. September 25, 2017. She listens to christian music while training. REUTERS/Mike Blake
10 Feb 2002: Kelly Clark of the USA competes in the final round of the women's halfpipe snowboarding event during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 10: Kelly Clark of the USA celebrates winning the gold medal in the final round of the women's halfpipe snowboarding event during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2002 at the Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UNITED STATES: Doriane Vidal (L), of France, Kelly Clark (C), of the US and Fabienne Reuteler (R) of Switzerland stand on the podium after the halfpipe final snowboarding competition at Park City, Utah 10 February 2002. Clark won the goldmedal, Vidal the silver and Reuteler the bronze. AFP PHOTO Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
10 Feb 2002: Kelly Clark of the USA celebrates her gold medal from the womens halfpipe snowboarding event at the the Olympic Medals Plaza during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images
Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark during Britney Spears celebrates the release of her debut film Crossroads at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
VERNON, NJ - JANUARY 22: 2002 Olympic Gold Medalist Kelly Clark smiles after her second run of the day during the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix at the Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, New Jersey on January 22, 2006. Clark's second place finish in the event landed her the final place on the U.S. Olympic half pipe snowboard team. (Photo by Andy Nelson/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
Bardonecchia, ITALY: US Halfpipe snowboarders Kelly Clark (R) and Gretchen Bleiler pose at the end of a free practice on the eve of the start of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games 09 February 2006 in Bardonecchia, Italy. The opening ceremony will take place 10 February at the Olympic stadium in Turin. AFP PHOTO FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
BARDONECCHIA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 13: Kelly Clark of the United States competes in the Womens Snowboard Half Pipe Final on Day 3 of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games on February 13, 2006 in Bardonecchia, Italy. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Kelly Clark of the United States grabs the rail as she flies out of the pipe during qualifying for the ladies' halfpipe in Bardonecchia, Italy Monday February 13, 2006. (Photo by Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES -- 'NBC-USOC Olympics Promotional Shoot' -- Pictured: Kelly Clark (Photo by Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 12: Snowboarder Kelly Clark (L) of the United States attends the Opening Ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place on February 12, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 18: Kelly Clark of the United States competes in the women's snowboard halfpipe qualification on day seven of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Cypress Snowboard & Ski-Cross Stadium on February 18, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 18: Kelly Clark of The United States reacts after her first run during the women's snowboard halfpipe final on day seven of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Cypress Snowboard & Ski-Cross Stadium on February 18, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Australia's Torah Bright (C), gold medalist, USA's Kelly Clark (R), bronze and USA's Hannah Teter (L), silver, celebrate on the podium after the women's Snowboard Halfpipe final at Cypress Mountain, north of Vancouver on February 18, 2010 during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 19: Kelly Clark of United States celebrates receiving the bronze medal during the medal ceremony for the women's halfpipe on day 8 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place on February 19, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
USA's Kelly Clark in action during the Women's Snowboard Halfpipe (Photo by Joe Giddens - EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Snowboarder Kelly Clark of the United States poses after training during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12: Kelly Clark of the United States waits for her score in the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Finals on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
(L-R) Silver Medallist, Australia's Torah Bright; Gold Medallist,US Kaitlyn Farrington; and Bronze Medallist, US Kelly Clark celebrate the Women's Snowboard Halfpipe Flower Ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken with a robotic camera shows US bronze medalist Kelly Clark celebrating during the Women's Snowboard Halfpipe Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIN THUILLIER (Photo credit should read ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 25: Snowboarder Kelly Clark poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 25, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Considering the 2002 Olympics served as a much-needed distraction and pick-me-up after the events of 9/11, its reasonable to believe that the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang may do the same.

Political tensions are currently high all around the world, but especially surrounding the nuclear weapons boasted by North Korea. Pyeongchang is located in South Korea's northern Gangwon Province, which borders the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries.

North Korea has continually spoken out against the United States and President Donald Trump, often threatening a nuclear attack

Security, however, isn't something that worries Clark. 

"I feel like going into every Games there's a lot of non-competition related news," the four-time Olympian said. "I've found that the U.S. does a really good job of keeping us athletes safe."

Related: See how South Korea is preparing for the Games: 

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South Korea plans for 2018 Olympics
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An ice sculpture of the Olympic rings is seen during the Pyeongchang Winter Festival, near the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
The Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre is seen in Pyeongchang, South Korea, October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
The Olympic Plaza, the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, is seen in Pyeongchang, South Korea, October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
A man walks past the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics mascot Soohorang and Paralympics mascot Bandabi at Phoenix Snow Park, the venue for Parallel Giant Slalom, Slopestyle, Moguls and Aerials, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Images of former winter olympic mascots are displayed on the wall of a house in the town on Hoenggye near the venue of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic games, in Pyeongchang on October 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows the biathlon venue of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic games near the Alpensia resort in Pyeongchang on October 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 30, 2017: A view of Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium that is to host ski jumping events during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Stanislav Varivoda/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Varivoda\TASS via Getty Images)
An aerial photo shows a general view of the bobsleigh and luge venues of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on October 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photo shows a general view of the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium venue of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic games, in the town of Hoenggye on October 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
The mascot for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Soohorang is seen during the Pyeongchang Winter Festival, near the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
An ice sculpture of the Olympic rings is seen during the Pyeongchang Winter Festival, near the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A photo taken on October 30, 2017 shows a general view of the Gangneung Hockey Centre ice hockey venue of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic games, in Gangneung. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on October 30, 2017 shows a general view of the Gangneung Oval speed skating venue of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic games, in Gangneung. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 30, 2017: A view of the Pyeongchang 2018 logo by the Olympic Stadium. Stanislav Varivoda/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Varivoda\TASS via Getty Images)
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If Clark is named to the U.S. team after snowboarding qualifiers in December and January, she will be competing in her fifth straight Winter Olympics. 

"The Olympics has a really unique way of bringing the world together like nothing else can," she said. "No matter what kind of political climate or differences we have, there's something that the power of sport does to really put those things aside and celebrate the amazing sports stories that we see every four years."

The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is scheduled for February 9, 2018. 

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