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UPDATE: WI speed skater asks parents not to go to Sochi


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A speed skater from Wisconsin is headed to Sochi for the Olympics, but his parents are not.

When 29-year-old Tucker Fredericks qualified for the U.S. Olympic speed skating team last month, it was a big moment for him and his family, who have supported him for years.

His parents said Tuesday that they will not be going to Sochi because Tucker is concerned about a terrorist attack occurring during the games.

"He wanted us to stay home so that he wouldn't have to worry about it. One less thing to be concerned about," Tucker's mother Shawn Fredericks told ABC News.

Concern grows as Russian authorities look for a possible female suicide bomber believed to already be in the host city. President Barack Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone Tuesday about safety concerns; however, Russia insists it has security issues under control.


WEST ALLIS (WKOw) -- Olympic athletes are getting ready to leave for Sochi, Russia.

Some of the U.S. speed skaters were getting in their final workouts Tuesday in West Allis, at the Pettit Center.

Most don't seem to be distracted by the terror threat in Russia, keeping their focus on the games.

Jonathan Kuck says, "It's exciting! It's only every three or four years so it makes it that much more exciting and that much more of a bigger deal for us."

But Tucker Fredricks of Janesville is a little more concerned.

He's told his parents to stay home and not comes to the games because of security concerns.

Fredricks will be competing in his third and last Olympics after finishing 12th in the 2010 Vancouver games.

He'll be in the 500-meter speed skating event Feb. 10.

He finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The U.S. Military has a contingency plan in place for an evacuation of U.S. Citizens in case of a major incident in Sochi.

The State Department is advising any Americans traveling to the games to "remain alert regarding their personal security."

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