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Suicide bombings won't stop Apex man from working Olympics

Posted December 30, 2013
Updated December 31, 2013

— Audio engineer Anthony Sozio sets up the gear and the control room used to help broadcast a major network morning show.

In just a few weeks, Sozio, of Apex, will be doing it in Sochi, Russia – 400 miles away from Volgograd, the site of two suicide bombings over the past two days that have killed at least 31 people.

Authorities say they believe the same group carried out both attacks, and in advance of next month's Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin is ordering increased security nationwide.

Although Sozio says news of the explosions has caused some concern, he says he's not worried about his safety because he will stay inside the heavily guarded Olympic Village.

"At this point, I'm OK with it," he said Monday.

His wife, Kelly Sozio, however, is concerned, although it's something she's gotten used to.

"We've been married for 17 years, and ever since we lived up north and 9/11 happened – he packed a bag, and he was going into the city when everyone was coming out," she said. "You just accept it. That's what he does."

The first bombing happened Sunday when 17 people died in a railway station. Monday's bombing killed 14 people when an electric bus exploded.

Investigators think the two are linked because they each involved a similar bomb.

No one has claimed responsibility for either act, but they come a few months after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov threatened new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Olympics.

"I've worked in the news business for a long time," Anthony Sozio said. "You go to dangerous places often, so it's just another day at the office."


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