In a year’s time, the Winter Olympics will be taking place in Vancouver and Whistler. The Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) will be hoping that Sunday’s cancelled World Cup Parallel Giant Slalom on Cypress Mountain in North Vancouver isn’t a portent of things to come.
It seems that the snow was of the wrong kind and this meant that the base of the course wasn’t hard enough for the snowboarders to use safely. VANOC put a brave face on the situation, saying that races are cancelled at short notice in various parts of the world, and then intimated that this sort of late cancellation might occur next year too.
I am sure that the International Olympic Committee will tell VANOC that no cancellations will be made as this impacts on the whole timetable of the Olympics. The TV companies will find this unacceptable as it will affect their schedules and when all is said and done, they are the ones who keep the Winter Olympics going.
The schools in Vancouver may also be closed during the Olympics, though not because it will allow the children to attend some of the events. The reasoning is that if the schools are closed, the number of school-related trips will be cut by 600,000 per week, a figure that almost matches the anticipated increase brought on by people going to events in the city of Vancouver.