Fans feeling safe and excited as the Olympic Games begin
Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 01:07
Feb. 8 - As the Olympic Games begin, spectators and workers in the Olympic park enjoy the sunshine in what one person says is ''the safest place in the world right now''. Mana Rabiee reports.
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A bright winter sun greeted Sochi on the first full day of the Winter Olympics.
Despite security fears and early logistical problems, visitors and workers at Olympic park say they're relaxed and enjoying the atmosphere.
(SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CATERING MANAGER WORKING IN SOCHI, FRANK DITTMANN, SAYING:
"As far as security is concerned, I feel safe here. I think this is the safest place in the world right now."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN TOURIST, STACEY NORSTRUD (WHO HAS BEEN TO THE LAST FOUR OLYMPICS), SAYING:
"It's actually been fine, beforehand there was a lot of crazy talk about the security and everything, but since we have been here we've felt fine, it's been nice."
Enjoying the view of the mountain cluster around this Black Sea resort town…
…and keeping alive the memory of the dramatic opening ceremony the night before, said one Russian spectator.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN SPECTATOR, NIKOLAI MOROZ, SAYING:
"That was an unforgettable feeling to attend the Olympics, it's just a wave of emotions, it is just great. I'll remember this for the rest of my life."
Some 37,000 security personnel are on high alert in Sochi over threats by Islamist militants in nearby Chechnya .
The Games are the most expensive ever -- costing some $50 billion.
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