PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — For Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey, these Winter Olympics are their fourth. And the coldest of the four, by far.
“Torino was warm. Really warm,” said Bailey, a US biathlete. “Vancouver was really warm and Sochi was really warm. So, yeah, the bar’s pretty low for that.”
Temperatures here have been in the single digits and teens in the mornings and after sunset, and rise to the low 20s during the day. The cutoff for international competition is minus-4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-20 Celsius), which Bailey said he and have teammates have experienced in World Cup competitions.
Although the conditions are not entirely unfamiliar, it still demands extra thought in attire, especially in a sport that relies on shooters’ ability to feel their fingers and hands to efficiently load the rifle and pull the trigger.