Vancouver Olympics Just Need One Thing: Snow

Wallechinsky said back in 1964, when the Olympics were in Innsbruck, there was such a lack of snow that the Austrian army was called to haul in snow from higher elevations and stomped it down with their hands and feet.

"This is national pride here," he said. "I think the Canadians look at it the same way."

In 1998, at Nagano, Japan, there was panic that there wasn't going to be enough snow.

"And then it just started snowing and snowing and snowing until there was too much snow" that they had to keep postponing the events, Wallechinsky said. "You never know. Weather is unpredictable, even if you are a meteorologist."

The Summer Olympics have had some weather issues but, Wallechinsky said, it's not quite the same.

Atlanta rescheduled the marathon to really early in the morning to avoid heat. And in Beijing there was so much concern about the smog in the area that China shut down factories, prohibited car use and even tried to make it rain to clear the dust.

"One wonders," Wallechinsky said, "with global warming, if this is something that we will have to take into account" as we pick future Olympic cities.

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