Olympic Preview: Calgary Stirs Up A Warm Welcome

The host city knows how to throw a five-ring blast. But if a hot time is in the wind, it could quickly turn the mountain snows to mush

The two skaters were inscribing energetic loops around the tidy patch of ice across from Calgary's frumpy, circa 1911 city hall, playing hooky from classes at Mount Royal College. "It's so nice and warm today," says Christine Kilpatrick, 23, flashing a smile that would melt half the snow in the province of Alberta. "It's the friendliness that keeps the city warm," adds Kimberly Palsson, 18. Six hundred forty-seven thousand Calgarians, on the nervous verge of being discovered by a world ready to attend the XV Olympiad Winter Games, are determined to ladle on a downright cordial welcome. "Smile, you're a tourist...

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