In the P.R. disaster that has been this year’s Winter Olympic Games there has been no end to the hand wringing and finger pointing. The lead up to the opening ceremony of the 2010 Olympics had Canadians and media outlets in a tizzy. Vancouver, the site of this year’s Winter Olympics was experiencing mild temperatures, which were said to be unseasonable and the games themselves were threatened. The IOC had dump trucks delivering snow around the clock. A week later, icy slopes and slushy fields have wrecked havoc on competitors and on the Canadian Games’ profitability. Due to melting grandstands, Vanoc, the organizing committee in Vancouver even had to refund 28,000 tickets which cost $1.5 million.
Notwithstanding the bevy of other problems at this year’s Olympic Games to include the tragic luge accident, the inaccessibility of the Olympic flame to tourists, flame malfunctions and broken ice equipment, the competitors have still managed to leave us with indelibly sweet memories–mostly of American dominance, mind you. Even though U.S. prestige has resurfaced at these Games, Canadian prestige has plummeted amidst worldwide criticism and the under-performance by the host nation. Who is to blame for the Canadians’ poor showing overall? Their embarrassing defeat in hockey to the U.S.A? The existence of Ice Dancing? Who, or what, is to blame for the Canadian catastrophe? If you ask the Canadians, climate alarmists, and even President Obama, the balmy weather in British Columbia is unequivocally due to global warming:
“First of all, we just got five feet of snow in Washington and so everybody is like — a lot of the people who are opponents of climate change, they say, see, look at that, there’s all this snow on the ground, this doesn’t mean anything. I want to just be clear that the science of climate change doesn’t mean that every place is getting warmer; it means the planet as a whole is getting warmer. But what it may mean is, for example, Vancouver, which is supposed to be getting snow during the Olympics, suddenly is at 55 degrees, and Dallas suddenly is getting seven inches of snow.” (Obama, in Las Vegas)
Aside from the fact that this statement is mind numbingly wrong, the idea that Vancouver is supposed to have snow, which the president and many others have been putting forth, is just not so, especially at the end of winter, in February. It may seen counter-intuitive to think that there is any place in Canada which is not buried in pristine powder from late October till early May. However, the climate in Vancouver is much like that of its west coast neighbor, Seattle. That is, rainy.
Rainy, you say? Why yes, Vancouver’s average winter (December through February) temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees above freezing). So, the question inevitably is: why would the IOC hold the Winter Games in Vancouver to begin with? Aren’t you inviting disaster by holding the Games in a place that often is not cold enough in February to maintain man-made white, much less the naturally occurring fluffy stuff?
In fact, Vancouver’s winter temperatures compare warmly to those of past host cities for the Winter Games. Vancouver’s 40 degrees Fahrenheit compares unfavorably to all past host cities in recent memory, in fact. Lake Placid New York’s 18.8, Lillehammer Norway’s 18.2, Nagano Japan’s 32, Torino Italy’s 35, Salt Lake City Utah’s 31.3, and Calgary Canada’s 17.1 degrees all stand as a testament to the IOC’s incomprehensible decision to pick a random Canadian city to host these games–perhaps they were counting on that global cooling we were supposed to get according to climate alarmists from the seventies…
It was during my research for this post that I was hit by the obvious. Knoxville Tennessee’s 40.1 average temperature during winter months apparently uniquely qualifies it for hosting the Winter Olympics in 2018. In fact, Knoxville probably had more snow at the start of the Winter Games than Vancouver! With the Great Smoky Mountains and the peaks of North Carolina just an hour away (Vancouver’s Whistler and Cypress sites are 2 hours away from Vancouver), Knoxville could easily host the mountain course events. Rocky Top is also home to the greatest piece of metal junk this side of the Eiffel Tower, in the Sun Sphere, which leads me to believe they could devise some hideous contemporary torch apparatus, which is also a requisite. Lastly, being only 2 and a half hours away from Atlanta, GA, if the IOC were to send the Summer Games back to Atlanta in 2020, it would be a short torch relay. As I prepare for Knoxville’s future Olympic bid, I ask that all this talk about climate change being responsible for slushy Vancouver games be set aside in lieu of the real reason for the disaster. Horrible planning!
David Teesdale, finds curling infinitely more exciting than Ice Dancing, but will admit he did not realize until it was almost too late that USA Hockey was on a channel opposite NBC’s coverage of Ice Dancing. I am deeply offended that people would watch the foolish show that is Ice Dancing rather than USA Hockey’s upset of the Canadian squad.