A soldier takes a break from shoveling snow and ice from the seating area at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Even for cold weather warriors hardened by years of winter sports training, the icy chill of South Korea's frigid February has come as a shock to the system in the lead-up to this month's Pyeongchang Olympics.Plunging to minus-20 degrees Celsius at night and rarely breaking above freezing in the day, the temperatures have put Pyeongchang on track to be the coldest Olympics in decades and present athletes with a very different set of conditions from the sunshine and slushy snow of Sochi four years ago.The 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, where temperatures dipped to minus-11 degrees Celsius, are currently the coldest Olympics on record but recent games in Turin, Vancouver and Sochi have all been significantly warmer."According to our forecast the temperature will not be problematic to have the opening ceremony," KMA Deputy Director Choi Heung-jin told reporters.Temperatures would range from minus-2 to minus-5 degrees Celsius, which would not be overly concerning, he added.
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