The weather

Seems to be mandatory for Olympic bloggers to discuss the weather. The L.A. Times's J.A.Adande did it. So did the Cincinnati Enquirer's Dustin Dow.

The weather is in the 40s, sunny, mild, smoggy. Some folks have e-mailed to ask about my "slightly smelly" comments. Not everyone agrees with me, but I smell a constant backdrop of exhaust, or smog, or something dirty. Much of the time there's a haze over the city that prevents you from seeing the mountains. It's slightly smelly.

The weather is great, but I feel like an idiot for buying seven parts of wool hiking socks before I came here. I bought some regular socks today, and threw them in the bag with my cheese purchases. So now I have Italian socks that smell like Robiola, tomorrow's Cheese!Of!The!Day!

As for the complaints that "it doesn't feel like the Winter Olympics if there's no snow on the ground," I'm not buying. The Stanley Cup Finals are played in, what, July? Half of the U.S. speedskating team grew up as inline skaters; they don't need snow on the ground to compete. Everyone kept asking the U.S. skiers yesterday if they objected to the possible use of artificial snow.

"Snow is snow," said moguls ace Travis Cabral. "When it's warm, it's soft, when it's cold, it's hard, whether it's man made or not."

My feelings exactly. I wanted to ask him whether he'd ever made a snowman out of man made snow, but other people were asking him real questions. He did note that he's crushed his hip flexors and his shoulders in crashes, "pretty much every part of my body." And he said younger kids are even crazier.

"I've seen kids throw things that I wouldn't even think of throwing, double back flips, from 10-year olds," he said. "We're seeing a lot more injuries than we used to."

By Dan Steinberg |  February 10, 2006; 12:40 PM ET
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Dan, make sure to rub it into Dow about his Muskies blowing that lead last week if you see him.

Posted by: Steve | February 10, 2006 08:29 PM

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