After early worries about the snow depths at PyeongChang, the cold has well and truly bitten and the snow guns have let loose across the slopes, as well as mother nature giving a helping hand, resulting in a great white stage for the athletes.

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However, unlike Sochi 2014 and Whistler in 2010, the issue this year won’t be snow depths or corn snow, but rather the bone chilling temperatures which have already dipped to -21’C.

The air temperature will not only present a challenge to the athletes, it will also effect a number of different events.

Expect the bobsleigh, skeleton and luge to be extremely fast as the ice will be slick and fast, whilst the freestyle teams will have to face concrete-like landings at the end of each jump.

There will be no forgiveness in the alpine department either with the downhill void of slushy turns in the Olympics for the first time since 2006.

PyeongChang certainly seems to be earning its stripes as the home of the Winter Olympics as the first Asian country outside of Japan to ever host the games.

Touted as the coldest place on earth at that latitude, the area’s rugged mountains are also host to bitter northerly winds which blow across Siberia bringing the extreme cold.

This will also present a serious issue to the hosts, who are holding the opening ceremony in an arena which doesn’t have a roof or central heating, to combat this, organisers are even planning to hand out heating pads and blankets to keep spectators warm. Betting they all wished they packed their XTM Merino Woolzies!!

Word is that Scotty James has been kicking a footy to warm up to face up against the likes of the legendary Shaun White, let’s hope that the rest of the Aussie team can get their hands on a Sherrin too, they’ll need it.

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