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USOC warns athletes about wearing Team USA gear outside venues

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

As security concerns continue to mount leading up to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, United States Olympic Committee officials are not taking any chances with regards to the safety of the country's athletes.

This extends all the way to what they are wearing.

"The U.S. Department of State has advised that wearing conspicuous Team USA clothing in non-accredited areas may put your personal safety at greater risk," says a memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

Danny Davis, a snowboarder, calls the situation "a bummer."

"We've heard some stuff about if you're going to be outside the Olympic village, keep it mellow," Davis said, according to USA Today. "Don't be 'U-S-A! U-S-A!' or whatever, and wear some non-descriptive clothing and things like that. That's a little bit of a bummer. It's nice to be a real American when you're there, but that's all good. I'm just going to try to enjoy it."

Russian officials, in concert with the International Olympic Committee, have tried to quell fears as much as possible despite numerous threats of terror and violence.

 
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