Sport: Ill-Omened Olympics

Borne north by car and plane, by skier and foot racer, the Olympic torch this week will travel from Rome to the famed ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomites. Its arrival will open the seventh Winter Olympics. Even before they began, the games seemed headed for trouble.

For one thing, the weather has been bad, i.e., good.* There was an acute snow shortage. Days of bright sunshine softened the ski runs. Slush filled Cortina's streets. Flags of competing nations hung limp in the warm air. As the bobsled run slowly spoiled in the...

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