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Page 2's Jim Caple reports from Athens, where he feels secure thanks to former British special forces helping him out.

Updated: August 16, 2004, 12:10 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

ATHENS, Greece -- The 2004 Olympics are the first sporting event I've ever covered that require an all-day security briefing and first-aid course.

"You need to take a grab bag everywhere," the security specialists hired by ESPN told us. "In it, you should have your first-aid kit, your passport, a torch, bottled water, a respirator and enough money to buy a plane ticket home."

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