Sochi organizers: we guarantee snow for 2014 Games
Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, center, surrounded by various sport enthusiasts and entertainers hits a symbolic button to launch the one-year count down clock for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
SOCHI, Russia - Exactly one year before the opening ceremony of the Winter Games, Sochi organizers are promising there will be enough snow during the Olympics even if temperatures in the subtropical region are high.
Russia is marking the one-year countdown Thursday to the Sochi Games, which are considered a matter of national pride.
Temperatures at Sochi's Krasnaya Polyana ski resort hovered about 50 degrees this week after a cold snap the previous week when athletes competed in test events amid snowstorms with temperatures dipping to 20 degrees.
On Thursday, temperatures reached 66 degrees in Sochi and 59 in the mountains.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi organizing committee, said Sochi's snow-making system and other technologies will enable organizers to "cope with any challenges of the weather."
He said "we can guarantee that the snow will be there."
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