HIGH POINT, NC-Security scares won't stop a High Point mom from watching her Olympian daughter compete in Sochi, Russia.
The Olympics are a symbol of unity, global solidarity and the pinnacle of competition. But, this time we're talking about terrorism.
Just two months ago, terrorists killed 34 people just 400 miles from Sochi, Russia. Since then, terrorists are boldly declaring there will be an attack.
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford met an Olympian's mother today who won't let anything stop her from going to Sochi.
Heather Richardson is an Olympic speed skater born and raised in High Point.
Her mom, Pat Richardson told WFMY she's heard the security warnings, she knows the threat but she also knows the reward.
"Because it's my daughter! And this is the Olympics! It's the biggest thing out there and I have to be there to watch her," said Pat Richardson.
The state department issued a traveler's alert for Americans traveling to the Olympics. They offered tips for Russia-related terrorism concerns and encouraged visitors to be alert at all times.
Pat Richardson showed WFMY all the identification they need for their Sochi trip.
It's not like Vancouver four years ago when all they needed was a ticket to the competition. This time they need, a ticket, a spectator pass, Olympic park passes, passports, and Russian visas.
Pat and the group she is traveling with has also signed up with the state department so they know where they're staying, for how long, and have emergency contact information.
"It's always in the back of your head somewhere, I mean with speed skating we've traveled all over the world, and I've always felt safe and we will travel smart," said Daune Galbraith, Heather's family friend who is going with Pat to Sochi.
Pat, Daune, and a few others leave for Sochi on Saturday but first she is hosting a hometown opening ceremony party in honor of Heather this Friday. It's at 7 p.m. at the Ham's located in the Palladium in High Point. It's for anyone who wants to cheer on Heather.
Heather is the only competitor in the 2014 Winter Olympics from North Carolina.
WFMY News 2