MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Olympic Committee Members confirmed today that they have chosen Oymyakon, Siberia as the site for the 2030 Winter Olympics.
Oymyakon, a village of 500 residents in northeast Siberia, is considered to be the coldest permanently inhabited place in the world. Low temperatures in the minus 60's are considered normal. Because of the harsh winter weather conditions found in Siberia, the Olympic Committee has decided to hold an "Extreme Olympics" there in 2030. Siberia is 7.5 times the size of Texas which was one consideration in the decision.
"We are excited about the great natural beauty of the Siberian region as well as the perfect winter weather," explained Lord Kilkarney, spokesman for the group. "It will be an ideal backdrop for the winter events and a true test of our Olympic athletes' abilities. We feel the Winter Olympics have gotten too 'cushy', almost too easy, and want to add an element of 'extreme' to the Winter Games to make it more challenging and risky for the athletes."
Kilkarney concluded, "We anticipate that the Russian people can get the Siberian Olympic site ready in sixteen years, especially if they utilize the huge inexpensive labor force already in place in that region."