Cold weather could leave Olympians without a competition

The world’s most famous sporting event is due to kick off in two days but the weather has taken a turn for the worse.

The events are set to be the coldest in over a decade. So cold, that it’s thought it may be too cold for it to snow, meaning fake snow will have to be used on the slopes of Pyeongchang in South Korea.

A wind chill of -7 hit the rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games this week, causing spectators to get up and leave. It may not help that the stadium that the opening and closing ceremonies take place in has no roof or central heating – although it does have windshields.

The Winter Olympics start on Friday | Image Credit: Google

The cuts were made as a way to reduce costs at the games, but it could then cause people to stay at home, not wanting to brave the sub-zero temperatures. It’s thought that the games are the coldest since 1994 in Lillehammer, compared to the last two games in Vancouver and Sochi which were too warm.

However the organisers have reported that 35,000 spectators will be given heating pads, blankets and rain coats as a way of coping with the weather. It’s also thought that athletes, including members of Team USA, will wear heated coats to the event.

More to follow.

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