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Cold Temps Hit Pyeongchang Ahead Of Opening Ceremony

Thursday, February 8, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The temperature at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang was minus-3 Fahrenheit (minus-16 Celsius) when many athletes and officials woke up Wednesday. Sidewalks in the nearby mountain cluster were sparsely populated all day.

Those who did venture outside layered clothing under bulky jackets and stepped over icy mounds of old snow in sturdy boots. Olympic volunteers stationed at bus stops crowded around patio heaters. Few tourists appeared willing to brave the elements.

Competitors and spectators can't stay inside through the entire Pyeongchang Games though. And there's concern about their well-being with the wind chill at the Olympic Stadium projected at 14 degrees F (minus-10 C) for the opening ceremony on Friday.