Los Angeles City Council members and the consul generals from Russia, China, France, Korea and Germany joined Tuesday to honor athletes participating in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
Councilmen Tom La Bonge, Curren Price Jr. and Mitch O'Farrell stood together Tuesday morning with the consul generals at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum -- host to the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984 -- to wish the athletes well.
"To even make an Olympic Team is a remarkable, incredible feat," O'Farrell said. "I salute all the athletes that have made it this far to honor their country, to honor the United States."
The Winter Games will be held Feb. 7-23 and feature 98 events in seven sports.
Price said the Olympics brought together the rich diversity of the world, adding "we can only hope that it breeds tolerance by continuing to be tolerant of others."
Russian Consulate General Alexey Kovalenko-Narochnitskiy said his office has been busy, providing visas for the hundreds of U.S. athletes.
"Everyone, I welcome you to the Olympics, and I'm sure we are going to have a fun ride," Kovalenko-Narochnitskiy said.
—City News Service