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Proud Dad Preps to Travel to Sochi for Daughter's Olympic Debut

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Craig Scott will be one of the brave Americans making the 18-plus hour journey to Russia for the Olympic games.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Craig Scott will be one of the brave Americans making the 18-plus hour journey to Russia for the Olympic games.

High cost of travel and security concerns are keeping many people from making the trip, but he said there's no way he would miss this opportunity to be there for his daughter.

For his first trip outside the United States, Craig Scott picked a doozy.

"Just really can't wait to get there," he said.

It'll take nearly two days to travel across the world to Sochi.

"I go to Chicago and then I go to Washington and then I go to Germany and then I go to Turkey and then I go to Russia," he said.

Security concerns have deterred many Americans from making the trip.

"I have been getting stuff on my phone about the State Department issuing alerts about how dangerous it is to travel," he said.

The high cost has also been an issue.

"Between 6500 and 7000 dollars just for 10 days in a motel and the plane fare there and back," he said.

The community donated to a Rally Me campaign to help him pay for the plane ticket.

"Which I greatly appreciate because I couldn't have done it without y'all," he said.

So Scott knows he will have a community supporting him when he boards that plane to Russia.

That includes his granddaughter, Emily's niece, Kaitlyn.

"I know he's going to have a lot of fun whenever he sees her step out onto the ice and hears the crowd and everything," she said.

And he will keep in touch with everyone back home the same way that they've been talking with Emily, through an app called "What'sApp."

"I've been in contact with Emily quite a bit you know since she's been there," Craig Scott said.

He knows it will be the time of his life.

Decades of supporting his daughter at skating meets have led to this moment.

"I can promise you I'm going to go down there and have a good time," he said.

And he's not going to let anything stand in his way.

"Spend time with my daughter and watch her race and hopefully bring home a medal that's our goal," he said.

Emily will be competing in three short track speed skating events.

Her qualifying begins February 10.

She will be walking in the opening ceremonies this Friday.
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