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    Recent snow falls over the site for the forthcoming winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, have guaranteed that the Games will be held in good conditions.

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    Recent snow falls over the site for the forthcoming winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, have guaranteed that the Games will be held in good conditions.

    Earlier it was feared that warm winds and unusually high temperatures would ruin the Games because the snow cover on the ski slopes was beginning to melt.

    The Austrian army and private contractors were called in to transport fresh snow from the Brenner Pass, south of Innsbruck, to beat the expected snow famine on the Olympic pistes.

    But the expensive "Operation Snow Lift" has now been cancelled and officials said the recent snow falls had added an extra 12 to 18 inches of snow to the slopes.

    The officials confidently predicted that there would be no more problems regarding the amount of snow "even if it doesn't snow between now and the start of the Games"
    The winter Olympics are due to begin on 4 February.

    SYNOPSIS: Nes snowfalls at Innsbruck, Austria, have guaranteed good conditions for the forthcoming winter Olympics. The Games are due to begin here on February the fourth. Less than a month ago it was feared that unusually warm weather in the area would ruin the Games because the snow cover on the slopes was beginning to melt.

    The Austrian Army and private contractors were called in to transport fresh snow from the Brenner Pass, south of Innsbruck, to beat the expected snow famine. Soldiers and bulldozers worked day and night to spread the transported snow across the almost bare pistes.

    But then the moment came that everyone in Innsbruck had been praying for.... a sudden cold snap accompanied by heavy snow falls. The falls resulted in an extra twelve to eighteen inches of snow all over the Olympic area. It was particularly needed on the Men's downhill Run.

    Olympic competitors already in Innsbruck for the Games were quick to take advantage of the new falls. The practice slopes were crowded with the world's top winter athletes.

    The expensive "Operation Snow Lift" has now been cancelled and officials are confidently predicting that there will be no more problems regarding the amount of snow.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACGX6SNVE9WWC0GV62HCW2E6T
    Media URN:
    VLVACGX6SNVE9WWC0GV62HCW2E6T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
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    N/A

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