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treme winds in South Korea wreaking havoc for athletes at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Snowboarders blown off course at the Winter Games, qualifications cancelled completely on Sunday, and on Wednesday, Alpine Skiing was postponed for a second day. Even the security tent wasn't looking so secure. As unsteady spectators battles icy winds of over 70 kilometers an hour to get to venues.
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Reuters Rory Carroll is in Pyeongchang, joining the struggle.>> Coming into these games, many feared that these would be the coldest winter Olympics on record. The temperatures haven't been as bad as some had expected, it's been around freezing during the day time, but the wind has kicked up in a major way.
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It's not unusual for weather to play a big role in winter games. It is still extremely frustrating to both athletes and fans who have waited four years to be here to find out that their even has been pushed back for several days.>> Frustrating it may be, but for organizers, safety for the athletes is key.
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>> There's definitely safety concerns when it comes to winds that are swirling winds like we're seeing here today. In Alpine skiing, skiiers take off on large jumps. And when they're in the air, they're exposed. And they could potentially be injured if they come down without control in their landing.
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The winds also impact the competition. If you've got the wind at your back during a downhill and an event where tenths of a second can be the difference between a gold medal and being off the podium. It's a big advantage if it's at your back. And it's a big disadvantage if you're facing head winds.
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>> But among the competitors, spirits are high. And as many keep repeating, disruptions like this are common.>> We're in winter sports for a reason and when it's cold like this it's good, it's a good thing, yeah.