The Olympics: Neither Sleet Nor Snow

One of the biggest problems at the Winter Olympics is winter. At Grenoble last week, heavy snow and gale-force winds, followed by a quick thaw, forced postponement of the men's downhill ski races and two-man bobsledding, then threatened to wash out the tobogganing altogether. The slippery slopes played havoc with the U.S. ski team: two fractures, a sprained ankle, a dislocated shoulder and a gashed head. A television helicopter crashed into a snowbank, forcing a French skier to veer off course into a fence, and a runaway toboggan smacked headlong into a...