Thats the secret being passed on by terrorism expert Dr. Richard Bloom, a professor of intelligence at Embry-Riddle University in Prescott, Arizona.
Bloom says international sporting events like the Olympics attract just as many people interested in intelligence as athletics.
It sounds like a James Bond movie, but unlike a Hollywood movie, the real-life spies arent trying to recruit a figure skater or curling champion for a super-secret mission.
Instead, most Olympic spies are simply trying to make the acquaintance of potential contacts in other countries who can help their own countrys interests at a later date.
If thats the case, 2006 should be a banner year for intelligence gathering thanks to the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 10, and the World Cup, which takes place in Germany starting June 9.
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