Sunday, August 10, 2008

Beijing: Women's beach teams warned about safety

by Unknown at 1:16 AM

Following the killing of the father of a former Olympic volleyball player, American beach volleyball players were warned against advertising their nationality, despite China's insistence that the victim was not targeted for any specific reason.

According to a story by the Associated Press:

U.S. Olympic officials met with the women's beach volleyball players and warned them about going out, reminding them that if they must, they should avoid advertising themselves as Americans.

"I told my family that there's no need for that," said beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh. "We have our patriotism (inside) our hearts."

Walsh has known Elisabeth Bachman since they were 13, playing with her in junior volleyball and against her in college.

"It's overwhelmingly sad," Walsh said. "All of our hearts are heavy."

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