With just two weeks until the opening ceremonies in London, news organizations like CNN are beginning to wonder if England's oft-remarked upon bad weather will ruin our Summer Olympics fun. So far this summer, it's poured on Wimbledon and Formula One's British Grand Prix—a bad sign for the biggest sporting event of them all.
This feels like a predictable problem if you're planning an international event in soggy Great Britain, and indeed, the Olympic organizers aren't exactly just checking the weather for the first time and freaking out. "I don't think the issue of the weather has kept anyone awake at night," a London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games spokesperson tells CNN's Chris Murphy. "We've had several years of detailed planning and I think this comes with any major outdoor sporting event. You have to factor the weather into your plans, and we have done." Sports minister Hugh Robertson also seems calm: "It would be nice if the weather was perfect. It's completely out of our control," he said. Tell that to the Chinese, who shot missiles into the sky in Beijing to force threatening clouds to burst and clear the city's infamous smog. (There are some environmental side-effects to weather engineering of course, but then, there are environmental side-effects to Bejing's general existence.)
CNN may be worried now, but we know they're well-practiced at joining Britain in their stiff upper lip in the face of inclement weather. Yes we all learned this from Jon Stewart's Daily Show send-up of the network's glowing Diamond Jubilee coverage last month, which included a rain-soaked parade that inspired Piers Morgan to say things like, "What a moment" over and over again. That's the spirit, mate!
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