Security concerns impact Sochi travel plans for Seattle family

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 12:54 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 10:56 AM

SEATTLE - A Seattle family has their eyes set on Sochi, but recent security concerns are impacting their travel plans.

Kate Carcelen's husband, Roberto, took part in the 2010 Winter Olympics and now he's getting ready for Russia.

"He is competing in the 15K cross country event for Peru," said Carcelen. "We were planning on going, and the more I spoke with Roberto about it the more I could see his jaw clench up."

She said her husband admitted that having his family in Sochi would bring stress, partly because of recent news.

"We started paying some attention to it when the bombings were happening," said Carcelen.

In a just released video reportedly made before last months attack in Volgograd, two men claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing and warned more attacks were coming.

As travelers arrive in Sochi, security is tight and the search is on for the so called 'black widow' -- a 22-year-old woman who is a suspected suicide bomber and is possibly planning attacks on the Olympic games.

The Carcelen family will cheer on Roberto from a distance, closely watching the games in Sochi from their couch in Seattle.

"It is nerve-racking for sure," said Carcelen. "But knowing Putin's reputation, I kind of feel like he will stop at nothing to make sure those Olympics are secure."

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