Paris aims to keep Olympians cool without air conditioners

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  • Although some Olympic hopefuls have already expressed concern about the lack of air conditioning, Monnet said athletes should adapt and help contribute to fight against climate change.“We need athletes to set an example when they use the buildings,” Monnet said.
  • They have worked closely with France’s national weather agency to develop temperature forecasts.“Despite outdoor temperatures reaching 41 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit), we had temperatures at 28 degrees (82 degrees Fahrenheit) in most of these rooms,” Michaud told The Associated Press, detailing the results of a heatwave simulation.
  • “In other rooms, we clearly had lower temperatures.”In addition to the underfloor cooling, the insulation built into the buildings will enable residents to keep the cold obtained during the night throughout the day, Michaud said.
  • “We can build the most virtuous village we want, it is also the use that will be made of it that will weigh on our carbon footprint.”Eliud Kipchoge, a two-time Olympic champion and marathon world record holder, endorsed the Paris sustainability plan.
  • They also considered directions of winds in the region and the water temperature in the Seine.
By BARBARA SURK and SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated PressThe Paris Olympics is going underground to find a way to keep athletes cool at the 2024 Games without air conditioners.Organizers are planni [+8101 chars]