Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

Snow patrol: it’ll be all white on the night

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It is snowing in Cypress, foggy in Whistler and raining in Vancouver, so I guess we don’t have to put inverted commas round the “Winter” bit of the Olympics any more.

Snow in Cypress. That sounds a bit odd when you say it out loud and it’s not something you you see every day here in Vancouver. In fact, it’s not something any of us has seen since the world descended on the city for the Games.

Mother Nature coming  up with the goods at last means the helicopters that have been dropping snow on the freestyle skiing and snowboard venue in the past day or two can finally be stood down, and organisers can breathe a big sigh of relief.

Indeed winter is really making a comeback in these parts.

A far murkier feel descended upon the city of Vancouver this Wednesday, with yesterday’s sunny skies replaced by misty grey ones which have hidden the mountains. Up in Whistler, the fog thwarted attempts to complete a first training run for the men’s alpine skiing downhill. According to our man on the spot, Alan Baldwin, a race postponement is looming larger.

Snow patrol: Tuesday update

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OLYMPICS-VANCOUVER/We’re just three days away from the start of the Winter Olympics and snow is still conspicuous by its absence in balmy Vancouver.

Organisers are making terrific last-minute attempts to snow the place up a little, given the unseasonably warm weather here. Using helicopters and a 750-strong workforce, they’ve transported more than 5,000 cubic metres of snow to Cypress Mountain and the bare freestyle skiing and snowboard courses.

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