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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-04 12:35 AM
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More than half of Americans believe terror attack likely in Athens
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NEW YORK (AP) -- While U.S. athletes are being warned to prepare for a hostile reception at the Athens Olympics, Americans staying home are worried it might be worse than some booing and name calling.

More than half of those surveyed in an Associated Press poll say they believe a terrorist attack is likely at the Summer Games, and four out of 10 say American athletes are most likely to be the target of any such attack.

The number of people who said a terrorist attack is likely -- 52 percent -- was much higher than the 31 percent who believed an attack was likely at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City two years ago. Those games were held just a few months after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Athens organizers are spending $750 million to protect the Olympics, three times what was spent in Sydney four years ago. U.S. Olympic officials say they are confident that all security measures possible will be taken to protect the 560 American athletes expected to compete in Greece.

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