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Russian weatherman predicts potential problems for Sochi Paralympics

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Much has been written about the temperatures expected during February’s Olympics, but the bigger concern is the Paralympics that follow.

The Sochi Paralympics run from March 6-17.

One of Russia’s state agency weathermen said Sochi temperatures in February are expected to be in the normal five degrees Celsius range (41 degrees Farenheit). Of course, it will be colder in the mountains.

But it will be warmer in March, perhaps more so than normal, if you believe weather forecasts six months in advance.

“In March in the Caucasus region we are seeing an anomaly of positive temperatures,” Dmitry Kiktev, deputy director of the state-run Gidromettsentr weather agency, said, according to R-Sport. “There may be a very warm spell for a few days, and if this is accompanied by heavy precipitation in the form of rain, the snow could melt quickly and the snow cannons and reservoirs may be required.”

It’s a good thing, then, that the region is storing a half-million cubic meters of snow from last winter. It may just come in handy.

Watch profile of Kyle Snyder, youngest American to win wrestling World title

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Kyle Snyder, who became the youngest American to win a World Wrestling Championship on Sept. 11, had planned to redshirt his sophomore year at Ohio State to focus on training for the Rio Olympics.

But Snyder is back wrestling for the Buckeyes this season.

Why?

“Kyle wants to help the team win the national title,” Ohio State coach Tom Ryan said. “It doesn’t hurt Kyle’s chances to make the Olympic team. We meet. He jumps on it.”

The announcement that Snyder would wrestle this season was made at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Learn more about Snyder in an NBC Columbus affiliate profile.

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Lydia Ko: Olympics are top priority this year

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Top-ranked golfer Lydia Ko says the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be her top priority this year.

Ko, who will defend her New Zealand Open title from Friday, said there was “so much excitement and vibe” around the Olympic tournament, “especially as it’s the first time women will play at the Olympics in golf.”

The 18-year-old New Zealander said “ever since they announced that golf will be in the Olympics I said, ‘Hey, I want to get myself on that team.’ For any athlete to say you’re an Olympian is a whole new proud feeling, and to represent your country on such an international stage it’s going to be a pretty special week.”

The 54-hole New Zealand Open at the Clearwater Golf Club is co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies PGA.

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