THE BIG CHILL
It ain’t Game of Thrones, but these Olympics are being lashed by a winter that’s proving a little too cold for comfort.
With temperatures dipping to as low as -25 C, the Games in South Korea are poised to be the coldest in two decades. The freezing weather, combined with wind gusts of more than 72 kilometres an hour at some venues, has delayed three alpine skiing competitions and fuelled concerns over the safety and performance of athletes. It’s also not sparing the throngs of spectators and celebrities at the event in Pyeongchang.
Sung Baik-you, a spokesman for the Pyeongchang Olympics committee, said about 900,000 tickets have been sold so far, including about 209,000 to visitors from overseas.
Chilly spectators for the start of the men’s 10-kilometre biathlon sprint Sunday in Pyeongchang.