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How did snow disrupt the Olympics?


Beijing (Associated Press) – February 13, 2022. 19:24

Snowboarders struggle with real snow at the Winter Olympics

  • The snow affected visibility in the mountains and made it difficult for ski racers
  • Many other skiers were having a rough day at the track known as Glacier

It snowed in Beijing Sunday for the first time since the launch Olympic Gamesgiving the city the look and feel of a true Winter Games.

While the scene snow Mostly welcome, it affected visibility in the mountains and made it difficult for ski riders to get down the hill, especially in the first round of the giant two-legged slalom.

Marco Odermatt of Switzerland handled snow and poor vision better than anyone else and won his first Olympic gold.

“I really risked everything in the second round because I didn’t just want the medal, I wanted the gold,” Udermatt said. “It’s hard because you can lose everything but today it paid off.”

And while it snowed lightly on Saturday, it eased hard on Sunday, the first time that snow has fallen during an alpine race during the Beijing Olympics. Heavy snow forced the postponement of the second round

For an hour and 15 minutes. During the delay, workers removed snow from the track using snowblowers and shovels.

“It was a tough day, with the conditions, with such a long wait between runs,” Udermatt said. “It’s been over five hours for me, it’s been a long time to rethink everything and it’s been hard to maintain

my focus. I tried to sleep a few minutes in between.

“I’ve never actually dreamed of it but now it still seems like a dream,” he added.

Several other skiers were having a rough day at the track known as Glacier at Yanqing Alpine Ski Center.

American skater Tommy Ford came in twelfth place.

“It’s great conditions on the track, but you can’t see it,” Ford said.

“It was tough for everyone,” said Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway, who ranked eighth overall.

A second women’s training scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled.

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