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Indoor Sports & Weather

February 20, 2010 — Weather has played a critical role in the Vancouver Games so far and you'd think the indoor events are in the clear for problems. Think again.

Weather continues to be a major headline at the Vancouver Games.

First snow, rain and fog were causing problems and now the sun and mild temperatures bring a new set of issues.

On Thursday, the men's bobsled training session was delayed because of sunny conditions.

There's no denying it's been sunny this week...AND mild. Abbotsford reached a record breaking high for this time of year with temperatures climbing to 16 degrees yesterday. Same with Victoria. The city hit a record high of 14.

These mild conditions create obvious problems for most of the outdoor events. But what do they mean for indoor games like skating?

Most would think the weather would have no affect on these events, but it does indeed play a big role.

The Weather Network's Oga Nwobosi finds out that the weather also contributes to how the oval rink was designed and constructed. Humidity, rain and temperatures are all factors that can affect the ice and skating conditions for athletes. Even having the oval at sea level as opposed to a higher altitude contributes to the speed at which an athlete skates.

Click on the video above to get the full details.

And be sure to check back in with The Weather Network on TV for forecast details for the games. The National forecast airs at the top and bottom of each hour.

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