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Austrians get kidnap threats against Schild, Flock

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm •  Published: February 4, 2014
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VIENNA (AP) — The Austrian Olympic Committee has received an anonymous letter containing a kidnap threat against Alpine skier Bernadette Schild and skeleton pilot Janine Flock during the Sochi Games.

The letter, written in German, was delivered Monday to 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.

"I am not worried, I don't think too much about the issue," Flock said after arriving in the Russian resort. "I am here to concentrate on my sport."

Mennel said Flock "trusts in our security measures," adding that Austrian athletes will be accompanied by members of a police special taskforce when they leave the Olympic Village. "We have two security people here and if the threat is confirmed as actual we will give additional security to the athletes."

The kidnap threat was first reported by the Austrian daily newspaper Kronen Zeitung, which initially said Marlies Schild was one of the athletes concerned.

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