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Obama says Sochi Olympics are safe

Members of the German Speed Skating team skated Friday during a training session at Adler Arena in Sochi, Russia.

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Members of the German Speed Skating team skated Friday during a training session at Adler Arena in Sochi, Russia.

WASHINGTON — President Obama said he believes the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be safe and is not discouraging Americans from attending.

Obama said Russian authorities ‘‘understand the stakes’’ involved in securing the games and the potential threats against the events. He said the US is coordinating with Russia and officials have looked at the Russian security plans.

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Still, Obama said there are ‘‘always some risks’’ involved with large international gatherings like the Olympics. He said he feels better when those types of events are held in the United States because American officials have full control over what happen.

Obama spoke in an interview with CNN.

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