As we enter a month traditionally associated with romance and pancakes, it looks like February this year will be dominated by winter sports, as eyes across the world are turning to Canada – host of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Taking place every four years, the snowy alternative to the Olympic Games may be less high-profile, but is no less prestigious for those involved in the world of winter sports. Thousands of spectators will be flocking to mountains and arenas in Vancouver and Whistler next week to see some of the world’s finest athletes compete in skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, bobsledding, ice hockey and all other sports that work best in the cold.
But that’s exactly where things have been looking a little worrying for the organisers and fans, as according to the Telegraph, weather forecasts have been predicting warmer temperatures this month than expected. So what would usually be great news for the nation may spell trouble if conditions are less than ideal.
Luckily, it seems that the event’s organisers are well-prepared for undependable weather, and have already taken steps to fly in pallets of snow from British Columbia to help ensure ideal conditions on Cypress Mountain, where the men’s downhill event will open the Olympics on 13 February. The venues are also prepared to start artificial snow production if temperatures drop below zero, making sure that millions of viewers around the world will still be treated to the spectacular sight of snowboarders soaring through the air across the magnificent backdrop of Vancouver Bay. You know I’ll be watching
If you have a winter sport of choice, you can check out the official Olympics schedule to find out when all events are taking place across February, closing in grand style with the gold medal ice hockey final followed by the closing ceremony at Vancouver’s BC Place.