Buffalonians in Sochi get national attention


BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBS News) – Two college grads from Buffalo are having the time of their lives at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. They’re not afraid to show their American pride and now their Olympic adventure is gaining national attention.

Tom O’Connor and Stephen Arlington are two American super-fans who sport lots of red, white and blue at Olympic Park. If it’s cold, O’Connor says he’ll be wearing five layers of American apparel, chosen from wide array, including 10 hockey jerseys and stars and stripes gloves.

The fans say even though some Americans were scared to come to Sochi because of terror threats, they aren’t afraid to stand out.

Arlington said, “As soon as we got here, we have been treated nothing but friendly. And if anything, it has attracted Russian kinship.”

The locals love their all-American look. The pair are regularly mobbed by crowds eager to snap a picture with them.

O’Connor said, “We’re doing probably a thousand pictures a day. If we’re at an event and we’re rocking the flag, it’s never ending really.”

The diehard Team USA fans planned out their trip 18 months in advance and bought tickets to 40 events. They consider themselves American ambassadors, and don’t mind the attention. However, they’ve had to schedule extra time in for all the photos.

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