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Sochi travelers: State Department wants to talk to you via Google+ Hangout on January 30

The United States Department of State is hosting an on-line forum Thursday for Americans traveling to the Sochi Winter Olympics to provide insight about what to expect at the Olympics and to give Americans information on U.S. government services while in Russia.
Posted By JC Finley   |   Jan. 29, 2014 at 6:58 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The United States Department of State announced Wednesday that it will host a Google+ Hangout for Americans traveling to the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The on-line forum will take place on Thursday, January 30 at 1:00 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on the State Department's YouTube channel and Google+ page.

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.

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