THE BIG CHILL

Ottawa Citizen - - WINTER OLYMPICS -

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.

GRE­GO­RIO BORGIA/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Chilly spec­ta­tors for the start of the men’s 10-kilo­me­tre biathlon sprint Sun­day in Pyeongchang.

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