17.02.2010

Weather causes visibility problems for Winter Olympians

Weather causes visibility problems for Winter Olympians

By Adrian Galbreth

One of the warmest winters on record in Vancouver has led to the mass transporting of snow into the area for the Winter Olympics, but since the Games started on Friday, harsh conditions have made it hard for athletes to see clearly.

The men"s downhill saw Swiss skier Didier Defago cause an upset to win gold, but the weather conditions made it hard for some competitors such as Sweden’s Patrik Jaerbyn who, after finishing in 29th, told the Times that he "had no frickin" visibility".

In the same event, Canadian Manuel Osborne-Paradis – who earlier in the season had told the news provider that he was to try special hard contact lenses which are permitted by the International Ski Federation as they do not dry out easily as the softer ones – faltered to 17th.

His Canadian team mate Brian Mckeever made history as he became the first person ever to compete in both the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games after being named in the team.

Athletes competing in the snowboarding on Cypress Mountain were also affected and Seth Wescott, who won gold, said between the rounds: "You"re pretty much riding blind in there."

by Emily Tait


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