Fair-Weather Athletes Are Flocking to Cold-Weather Sports
They’re warming up to the idea. Aspiring athletes from tropical countries are training hard in curling, skiing and snowboarding, hoping to break the ice on their Winter Olympics dreams and take home the first winter sports medals for their balmy nations. Thanks in part to globalization, athletes from tropical countries like Vietnam and Togo are improvising to overcome a lack of practice facilities. Some head to intensive cold-weather training programs to build up their tolerance, while others practice their snowboarding skills on sand dunes.