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Head of Sochi guarantees snow _ perhaps, too much

September 8, 2013

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The head of the Sochi Olympics has guaranteed there will be snow for the winter games next year at the Black Sea resort in the south of Russia.

Dmitry Chernyshenko said Sunday “we are ready for any surprise from the weather.” He said the resort was prepared and had stored 700,000 cubic meters of snow in reservoirs, noting only 20 percent had melted over the summer.

In fact, Chernyshenko says he fears there could be “too much snow” given the resort also has snow-making machinery. There could natural snow falling, too, if temperatures drop and the moist air from the Black Sea rises over the mountains and falls.

He wrapped up his remarks to the IOC general assembly saying “there is no risk in a shortage of snow.”