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March 4, 2010 at 8:19 AM

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Lessons learned from Vancouver's "Spring Games?"

Posted by Ron Judd

An interesting post here by the New York Times' Christopher Clarey, echoing some of my own thoughts about selection of future Winter Games venues, based on the "Cypress Mountain" lesson.

Vancouver organizers keep trumpeting the fact that the warmest January in 100 years was to blame for problems at Cypress. But the fact is that the warmest January in only a handful of years might have created similar problems at Cypress, because it was a poor choice to begin with. A number of test events at the site failed, which is why they have test events. And those test events didn't take place in record-warm years. Unless VANOC wants to claim every winter for the past three has been a record warm winter.

The hope is that Cypress, if nothing else, can stand as a lesson for future organizers: Don't pick a winter-sports venue with the combination of a maritime climate and low elevation. It might sound like a "Duh" proposition, but Vancouver organizers sure managed to talk themselves into it.

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