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22 February 2014 / National Geographic / Ben Jervey

Climate Change Threatens the Future of the Winter Olympics

Sochi, Krasnodarskiy, Russia

By mid century, past Olympic venues like Squaw Valley, California; Oslo, Norway; Chamonix, France; and—of course—Sochi, will be too warm to ever host the Winter Games again.

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A shirtless man watches two skiers at the Olympics on February 14, 2014. The warm temperatures in Sochi have created problems for some of the events.
Photograph by Gregorio Borgia, AP