VIENNA (AP) Olympic snowboard champion Julia Dujmovits is pulling out of a World Cup event in the central Turkish city of Kayseri on Saturday because of security concerns.
The Austrian snowboarder says she doesn't feel safe traveling to a city where 13 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a public bus less than three months ago.
Dujmovits wrote on her website, ''Sorry, I've not become a snowboarder to compete under police protection and guarded by sharpshooters. In a country which, due to its current political situation, just can't guarantee safety.''
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Her Austrian teammates are set to compete in Saturday's event, the last parallel giant slalom of the season. The fourth-ranked Dujmovits, who won the Olympic parallel slalom title in 2014, could no longer win the discipline title.