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Stifling heat and humidity

Posted by Shira Springer, Globe Staff  August 8, 2008 11:08 AM

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BEIJING -- It wasn't the security that was tough at the opening ceremonies, but the weather. And we're not talking about rain (there was none) or haze (plenty was visible during the day) created by air pollution. Heat and humidity made the ceremonies mildly uncomfortable to sit through.

By the time I reached my seat on the middle deck of the stadium, I had worked up a nice sweat, and so had everyone else sitting around me. I can only imagine how draining it was for athletes to wait hours to march in, especially with many delegations wearing some for of sports coat or blazer.

No wonder some high profile athletes choose to skip the fanfare. If the weather continues to be dominated by stifling heat and humidity, my sympathies go out to the endurance athletes.

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