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SBD Global/February 13, 2014/Olympics
Olympic Athletes Struggle With Mushy Snow As Sochi Temperatures Rise
Published February 13, 2014
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'MELTING AWAY': In Sydney, Greg Baum opined before a watching world, "the Sochi Olympics are melting away." Aesthetically as well as athletically and geopolitically, "they are turning into a disaster." Anyone with a feeling for snow knows that "what they are seeing on television is not it." At least, "it is not Olympian snow." Fetched from the back of trucks, "smeared thinly over grass and rock, it quickly chops up and liquidises and calves away in chunks from edges and lips, and grades itself into sludgy anthills in inconvenient places, like the middle of a course." It "is, ahem, Australian snow, and Australia is as likely to be considered to host the Winter Olympics as Qatar" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 2/13).