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The Winter Olympics in South Korea will be the coldest in three decades

-14 ºC

The 2018 Pyeongchang Games could be the coldest in at least three decades. The perceived temperature in the main stadium could reach -14 ºC (7 ºF), according to an internal document obtained by Reuters.

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The main stadium cost $58 million and has space for 35,000 people, but was built without a roof due to time and money constraints.

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During the opening and closing ceremonies, in early and late February, spectators will have to withstand the cold for between four and five hours. During a concert in the same stadium in November, six people got hypothermia.

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That perceived temperature would make Pyeongchang colder than the Lillehammer Games in 1994, when perceived temperature reached -11 ºC (12 ºF).

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Organizers will install more protective barriers around the stadium, give blankets and hot packs to spectators, and ask them to perform physical activities to keep warm.

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Organizers expect 160 VIPS, including the leaders of China and Japan. (The US is sending high-level representatives instead of the president). The VIPs will be given thicker blankets.

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