Winter Olympics Salt Lake City 2002


February 18, 2002|By Candus Thomson

The great wienie crisis has been averted.

Olympic organizers underestimated how many $5 all-Angus-beef hot dogs spectators and volunteers would consume during the two-week Winter Games. It seems 400,000 was off by more than half.

To make the stash last until an emergency order could be delivered, organizers relaxed their rule on no food from the outside and diverted hot dogs earmarked for volunteers.

Mitt Romney, the head of the games, told anxious reporters, "the factory is squeezing out more of those little puppies." A fresh shipment arrived over the weekend.

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