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RIO DE JANEIRO – Officially add “high, sustained winds” to the #RioProblems of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
On Sunday, the second full day the Olympic Park was open in Rio, those winds caused the venue’s massive super store of souvenirs and merchandise to close its doors to the thousands of fans roaming the park.
Employees were stationed at the entrances with megaphones, turning customers away “due to the wind.” As of 2:30 p.m. local time, the store was still closed.
The reason? The temporary structure has large vinyl walls that were getting pounded by the morning’s strong winds.
The store wasn’t the only thing in the Olympic Park that the wind affected. Witness:
Security lifeguard chairs.
Protective plastic on television studios.
Of course, none of those are a source of millions of dollars in potential revenue for the Rio Games like the Megastore is. Hopefully Mother Nature recognizes that at some point on Sunday.
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