28 January, 11:50

US taking largest Winter Olympics team in history to Sochi games

US taking largest Winter Olympics team in history to Sochi games

The United States is taking to Sochi its largest team ever in the history of the Winter Olympics, national committee head Scott Blackmun said Monday. The US Olympic Committee Monday named 230 athletes to the team, which counts 62 Olympic medalists including 13 golds.

The team consists of 105 women and 125 men in 15 disciplines across seven sports.

All told, 106 of them are experienced Olympians.

Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick will be the first to compete in six winter games.

It will be the fifth games for Billy Demong, also in Nordic combined, and Bode Miller, in alpine skiing.

Two summer Olympians - hurdler Lolo Jones and sprinter Lauryn Williams - will become the ninth and tenth US athletes to compete in both winter and summer Olympics, as pushers in the women's bobsled competition.

Speed skater Shani Davis and snowboarder Shaun White have their eyes set on gold for the third time in a row.

The team's oldest member is curler Ann Swisshelm, 45, and the youngest is freestyle skier Maggie Voisin, 15.

In addition, US Ambassador in Moscow Michael McFaul will attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Games. He said he would be a member of the US official delegation on the opening day.

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, might also make a trip to the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and to attend a game between the Russian and US ice hockey teams. But the trip has not been confirmed yet. 

Pentagon offers 'full support' for Russian security at Sochi Games

The United States offered its "full support to the Russian government" for security preparations ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Russia, the Pentagon said Monday.

The United States has offered its full support to the Russian government as it conducts security preparations for the February 7-23 Games in Sochi.

"To that end, US commanders in the region are conducting prudent planning and preparations should that support be required," Rear Admiral John Kirby of the US Navy said.

"Air and naval assets, to include two Navy ships in the Black Sea, will be available if requested for all manner of contingencies in support of - and in consultation with - the Russian government."

Kirby said there had been no requests for assistance "at this time."

Representative office of US embassy opens in Sochi

The US embassy has opened its office in Sochi in order to interact more actively with the US citizens during the Olympic Games in Sochi.

"The majority of embassies, including the US embassy, has opened itheir representative offices in Sochi, aiming to arrive at the scene in case of unpredictable situations involving their citizens, which may deal with consulate or health problems, security and protection of the guests," US Consul General in St. Petersburg Bruce Turner wrote in his blog in the Living Journal.

He stressed that since the Olympic Games are a big event which will take place in a city located far away from the US embassy and its consulates, the members of the US embassy personnel would help in case of need.

"There are situations when the US State Department has to rely on volunteers from other countries’ embassies to replace those who will go to Sochi. As before, we will continue granting visas non-stop and will do many other things as well in Moscow and St. Petersburg, irrespective of the Games," the diplomat said.

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Voice of Russia, Interfax, dpa

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