Soft snow at the Winter Olympics in Sochi has led to international condemnation from athletes riding the half pipe, lots of injuries, and an emergency delivery of large grain salt from Switzerland to make the slopes icy enough to compete. But today, it wasn’t the snow that was keeping events from taking place, it was the fog. It made visibility near zero, so organizers tried to clear it the best way they knew how, according to Alex Deibold, a member of the U.S. Snowboarding SBX Team. “They are literally running the fans on the snow guns to try and blow away the fog,” he tweeted with a photo of one of the machines in action. “Spoiler alert: it’s not working.” So I asked him if he was joking. He wasn’t:
@buckyturco yes I can confirm. I took this photo. I couldn't make this sh*t up.
— Alex Deibold (@adeibold) February 17, 2014