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Beijing 2022: A Winter Olympics without snow?

Beijing 2022: A Winter Olympics without snow?
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Beijing's successful bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics means Dwight Gooden Jersey it will become the first city ever to stage a summer and winter Games. The Chinese capital beat Kazakhstan's Almaty thanks to its "focus on sustainability, legacy and transparency", according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). But human rights groups have described the decision as "a slap in the face". And others have a more prosaic concern: the lack of snow in Beijing. So what tipped the vote in Beijing's favour? And can they host a successful Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games? At the start of the bidding process, Beijing was Derek Roy Jersey seen as an outsider, due to its not exactly alpine climate and the fact that the 2018 Winter Olympics are also due to be held in Asia, in Pyeongchang in South Korea. But a succession of European cities, including Krakow, Oslo and Stockholm, withdrew from the race, citing low public support and concerns about the enormous costs of hosting the Games. That left just two contenders: Beijing and Almaty. Almaty ticked many boxes: the Kazakh city boasts snowy winters and plenty of money from the country's vast oil reserves. But while Kazakhstan has never before hosted a major global sporting event, Beijing was seen as a safe pair of hands, having hosted the 2008 Olympics. That was enough to see the Chinese capital over the line, by the slender margin of 44 votes to 40. Staging skiing in a desert Beijing is not a mountainous city, so the skiing, snowboarding and http://www.authentictwinsshop.com/authentic-14-kent-hrbek-jersey.html sliding events will be held in Yanqing, 55 miles away from the capital, and Zhangjiakou, 100 miles away - on the edge of the Gobi desert. But even these remote venues see minimal snowfall - Zhangjiakou averages eight inches of the white stuff per year, while Yanqing gets a miserly two inches. Even the IOC's own bid evaluation noted: "Due to the lack of natural snow the look of the venue may not be aesthetically pleasing." So, unlike wintry Almaty - which not-so-subtly trumpeted its major selling point with its cheeky campaign slogan 'Keeping It Real' - Beijing will be pumping out tonnes of artificial snow. Snow cannon will be used to super-cool water from nearby lakes and reservoirs and eject it as ice crystals. There is a precedent for this: the organisers http://www.officialathleticsshop.com/authentic-16-josh-reddick-jersey.html of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi - one of Russia's warmest regions - created enough snow to cover 1,000 football fields. But there are concerns over the environmental impact of this process: the Sochi snow-making system used enough water to empty an Olympic swimming pool every hour.

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