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News Link • Olympic Winter Games South Korea 2018

Coldest Olympics in history? PyeongChang organizers break out the hats and blankets.

•, By Chelsea Janes

"I have tried this blanket on my lap," he declared, his message translated from Korean by an interpreter. "And I think this blanket will work in quite cold weather."

He wasn't finished. He then pulled a red knit cap over his head.

"You can cover your ears with this hat," he said, providing what probably wasn't a necessary demonstration. "If you wear it like this, you can endure the cold."

The blanket and beanie are part of a kit that will be distributed to spectators at Friday night's Opening Ceremonies, which will be conducted in an open-air stadium despite the biting cold and howling winds. The kit will also contain hot-packs for sitting on and for hands and feet, as well as a poncho.

Further, Olympic organizers have also installed 40 large heaters and 18 shelters at the stadium. But rehearsals have raised new concerns.

On Feb. 3, during a dry run for the ceremonies, security scanning machines stopped working because of the cold, leading to some checks being skipped. The credit card readers also froze up, a problem for Visa, an official sponsor.

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