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Janesville native Fredricks asks family not to attend Olympics over security concerns

Tucker Fredricks at a world cup speedskating in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. (Photo from McSmit/Creative Commons)
Tucker Fredricks at a world cup speedskating in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. (Photo from McSmit/Creative Commons)

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - Speedskater Tucker Fredricks from Janesville will compete in his third and final Olympics next month.  

But unlike the first two, his parents will not be there to see it.  

Fredricks has asked his family to stay home from the Winter Games in Sochi Russia, due to security concerns stemming in part from suicide bombings last month in Volgograd, about 400 miles from the Olympic site.  

Dan Fredricks tells the Janesville Gazette that his son is worried about his family, so and his wife Shawn will stay home so Tucker can concentrate on his skating.  

The U.S. State Department is advising Americans traveling to the Olympics to, "remain on alert regarding their personal security."  

Fredricks will compete in the 500-meter speedskating race on February 10th. He finished 12th in the last Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. His parents saw that in person, as well as his races in the 2006 Games in Torino Italy.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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