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Sudbury Olympian Unfazed by Terror Threats in Sochi

Simon Shnapir and his skating partner, Marissa Castelli, focused on training rather than security.

Sudbury figure skater Simon Shnapir. Photo courtesy YouTube
Sudbury figure skater Simon Shnapir. Photo courtesy YouTube
Simon Shnapir and Marissa Castelli refuse to get distracted during their quest for Olympic gold.

That includes the terror threats the host city of the Winter Olympics, Sochi, has been investigating.

The reigning U.S. Pairs Figure Skating champions are just too pumped to think about anything else.

"We're so excited. This is a dream come true," Castelli, 23, a Cranston, R.I., told WCVB.

"We're still kind of on cloud nine from our championship win just a few weeks ago here in Boston," added Simon, a Sudbury native and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional HIgh School alum.

With the Winter Games are just a few weeks away, the pair is focusing on training and security.

"We're putting our trust into the U.S. and obviously the Russian security over there. And it's gonna be great," Shanpir said. "We're going there to represent our country proudly, and our focus is our training and our competition, and that's it."

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised a "ring of steel" around Sochi.

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