Things are heating up in Vancouver, and that’s not necessarily a good thing, seeing as the Canadian city plays host to the Winter Olympics, which kicked off with Friday night’s opening ceremonies. But while the balmy weather has kept the snow away, there’s warmth of a different kind among two pairs of skaters. Here’s five things to know:
1. Snow News Is Bad News
The beautiful city of Vancouver has everything to offer for the Winter Games – except winter. While much of North America is locked in a deep freeze, spring-like conditions here have forced organizers to truck in snow to Cypress Mountain, site of the snowboarding and freestyle skiing events. They’re also using a dry ice tubing system to keep the courses frozen.
2. Lindsey Vonn Shin Watch
The poor skiing weather has yielded one unintended benefit: It cut short Thursday’s skiing practices, giving American star – and Sports Illustrated bikini model – Lindsey Vonn more time to heal her badly bruised shin that threatened to knock her out of the Olympics. She’s hopeful a combination of creams and Tylenol will bring her up to racing speed again.
3. Love on the Ice
They couldn’t have timed this one better. On Valentine’s Day, pairs skaters and real-life couple Amanda Evora and Jeremy Barrett hit the ice – but not together. With their respective skating partners, they’ll be competing against each other. Competing in separate events are other Olympic couples: Speedskaters Jill Rookard and Trevor Marsicano, who fell in love on the ice and train together, and half-pipe snowboarders Elena Hight and Greg Bretz, who have been dating for about 10 months.
4. Dancing with the Stars at the Games
Apolo Anton Ohno trades in his dance shoes for blades as the Dancing with the Stars winner returns for his third Olympics, while another Dancing alum, Louie Vito, competes in the snowboarding competition. Also at the Games is one more Dancing champ, Kristi Yamaguchi, though not as a competitor. She’s on hand with Procter & Gamble, which is defraying travel and lodging costs for athletes’ moms.
5. Get Weir-ded Out!
The question isn’t so much how well’s he going to skate, but what’s he going to wear. Fashion provocateur Johnny Weir has his own reality show and fashion label – and a knack for getting attention. He raised hackles among animal rights activists when he wore white fox fur to a competition. Fashion judges: get ready.