Olympics-Heavy Snow a Welcome 'Problem' for Beijing Venues

By Philip O’Connor and Yiming Woo

ZHANGJIAKOU, China (Reuters) – Whereas athletes have been competing on synthetic snow all through the Beijing Olympics, organisers are actually coping with the logistical problem of clearing away the actual factor after heavy snowfalls within the mountains of Zhangjiakou on Saturday.

Brown scrub and brush on the hills round a number of the mountain venues have made for underwhelming TV photographs through the Video games however the snowfalls have blanketed the realm white, whereas posing some points for crews at native venues.

“In heavy snow climate, one should not wait, it is a technique of clearing because it snows,” Shu Wen, deputy director of upkeep providers on the Genting Snow Park, informed reporters.

“It is all about stopping using snow-melt brokers.

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“Whether or not it’s an environmentally pleasant or non-environmentally pleasant snow-melting agent, all of it has a sure impression on roads and snow tracks. Our intention is to make sure that all the stadium is clear and tidy.”

Genting is the placement for lots of the freestyle snowboarding and snowboarding occasions on the Beijing Video games, the place a sound, predictable floor is a requirement for the breath-taking tips and high-speed racing of the athletes.

Weng stated his staff are ready for the heavy snow and freezing temperatures forecast for the center weekend of Olympic competitors.

“In accordance with the climate forecast, we’re anticipating a blizzard at present and tomorrow, and heavy snow,” Weng stated. “This example occurs ceaselessly in our snow venue operations. We have now an expert, top-tier staff to ensure all goes nicely.”

Early on Saturday, groups of pros and volunteers had been out clearing snow from the venues forward of the day’s occasions.

The opening races on the close by cross-country and biathlon centres occurred in temperatures decrease than -10 levels Celsius (14°F), and gusty winds made capturing on the biathlon vary very tough.

Temperatures climbed through the week however are set to drop once more.

After occasional delays in a number of the Alpine snowboarding and ski leap packages as a consequence of excessive winds earlier within the Video games, Wen is assured that organisers can deal with regardless of the climate throws at them.

“This yr, we’re all set in our mountain venue staff with further equipment and manpower to make sure that we will face any robust winds conditions that we will encounter, that at any time we will guarantee the conventional progress of our occasions,” he stated.

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor and Yiming Woo; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)

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