Rosa Khutor, a Sochi Olympic mountain cluster venue, is set to officially open for ski season Saturday.
But four days before that, and less than two months before the Olympics, an avalanche warning was issued for the mountains near the Russian Olympic host city.
“Avalanches could cause blackouts, disruption of communications, housing services and transportation,” the Russian Emergency Situationa Ministry’s Krasnodar regional subdivision said in a statement, according to Xinhua News Agency.
The temperature in the area was 18 degrees Farenheit on Tuesday and will get up to 29 degrees with precipitation Saturday, according to weather.com.
“There is a likelihood of problems with energy supplies, communications, housing services and transport routes,” the ministry said, according to RIA Novosti.
There is a team of experts devoted solely to avalanche prevention in Rosa Khutor, as detailed by The New York Times.
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Basketball reporter Craig Sager will miss the Rio Games as he returns to a cancer center to continue his battle against acute myeloid leukemia, NBC announced in a statement Thursday.
Sager was set to cover his fifth straight Olympics for NBC, but instead needs to undergo a third bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He resumed receiving chemotherapy on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle, with the goal being to force the disease into remission so the transplant can be performed next month.
“We’ve known since February we would have to have the third transplant,” Sager told the Chronicle. “We tried to delay it until after the Olympics, but (the disease) is very aggressive, and there is a sense of urgency to do it now.”
Sager was diagnosed in 2014, went into remission after a bone marrow transplant, was told the cancer came back in March 2015, underwent a second transplant last year, and then found out in February he was no longer in remission.
“My body isn’t getting stronger, so they want to do it while I’m strong enough,” Sager said. “Third transplants are kind of rare, so hopefully we will get it done and I’ll be ready in time for (NBA) opening night.”
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NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram will team up to provide video highlights and interviews on social media daily during the Rio Olympics.
An on-site “Social Command Center” in Rio will capture Facebook Live content, including interviews with athletes and NBC Olympics commentators.
A daily two-minute recap video will be produced for Facebook, while Instagram will have a daily slow-motion video around an inspiring moment.
Instagram will also feature NBC Olympics commentators and athletes on its own account, @instagram, along with highlights of NBC videos through its Search & Explore video channels.
More on the NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram partnerships is here.
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