SOCHI SCENE: Mind the snow!


People take a ski lift past patches of snow at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Warm temperatures in the mountains was a factor in the cancellation of Women's downhill training on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) ''Attention, Olympic snow!'' Now that's an eye-catching sign.

Sochi Games organizers planted this one beside an absolutely immaculate patch of snow, groomed like a Japanese garden, next to the ski jump venue. Olympic snow, clearly a posh relation to the white stuff you and I are familiar with, cannot be walked on with dirty shoes, the sign instructs. And ''if you need to do a job near or on the snow surface area - please, clean up thoroughly after yourself!''

The sign concludes with this gem:

''Please, remember, this is our Olympic Snow. It is a treasure for us all, please, take good care of it!''

Which, of course, made me just want to lie down on the pampered stuff, do a giant starfish and scribble ''John Woz Here'' on it with a big stick.

But being a good boy ... Click. Tweet. (hash)Sochiproblems, this one's for you.

See the sign here: https://twitter.com/johnleicester/status/433105818368897025

- By John Leicester - Twitter http://twitter.com/johnleicester


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