U.S. athletes, families, and fans are preparing to travel to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. On Thursday, January 30 at 1:00 p.m., EST, a week before the Games open, the U.S. Department of State will host a Google+ Hangout to give Americans going to the Games insights on what to expect at the Olympics and to provide information about travel to Sochi as well as services that the U.S. Government, through our consular sections in U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, can offer to U.S. citizen travelers.
The State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf will moderate this discussion. On hand to answer the public's questions will be American consular officers. A State Department Officer and 2004 Summer Olympics Gold Medalist will join the Hangout to share his experiences traveling overseas to represent the United States at the Olympics.
The Hangout will be broadcast live on the Department of State’s YouTube channel and Google+ page. Questions can be submitted in advance via Facebook and Twitter using #AskTravelGov and tweeting to @TravelGov.
On January 24, the State Department released details concerning security at the Sochi Winter Olympics.