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Ladislav Smid heads to Sochi ... and so does his family

Flames defenceman Ladislav Smid (right) collides with Coyotes sniper Shane Doan on Wednesday night...

Flames defenceman Ladislav Smid (right) collides with Coyotes sniper Shane Doan on Wednesday night in Calgary. (Jim Wells/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

CALGARY - Ladislav Smid and his family aren't allowing fear to ruin their Olympic plans.

When the Calgary Flames defenceman heads to Sochi, Russia, for the coming Games and suits up for the Czech Republic, the plan remains for his wife, mother-in-law, parents and sister to be there, too.

"You read a lot of stuff about the security, that it's going to be at a high level there, and stuff like that, but you've got articles that they're looking for people that would like to blow things up, so it's mixed feelings," Smid said Thursday. "You have it in the back of your head something might happen, but you don't want to pay too much attention because it's still the Olympics. It's once every four years, and some guys only experience it once and want to make sure your family sees you."

Amidst fears of terrorism or other unrest, many NHL players won't be bringing their families.


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