VANCOUVER, B.C.—t's what everyone will be talking about for the next two weeks.
In less than 24 hours, the Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver.
It's just -- it doesn't quite feel like winter up there.
Q13 FOX News Anchor Bill Wixey is in the thick of things as Vancouver gets ready to host the world.
The Olympic Torch arrived there Thursday night.
The crowds were huge at David Lam Park and the many live sites at Whistler.
The story that everybody's talking about is the weather.
The international flavor and excitement is everywhere. The city has been transformed. But it's 55 degrees and raining.
It's comfortable -- but not for event organizers, who are scrambling to keep the games on track during a Winter Olympics brought to you by El Nino.
The XXI Olympic Winter Games begin Friday and there's more snow in Manhattan than on some of the mountains here.
Oh, and there could be two Olympic flames.
Back in Canada for the first time since 1988 in Calgary, the games open with the Olympics' first-ever indoor opening ceremony.
Organizers have kept a tight lid on details, and that's fitting for an Olympics full of questions.
Will the potential headline act, American skier Lindsey Vonn, overcome a shin injury and vie for multiple medals? Will the snowboard/freestyle skiing venue - already needing emergency snow imports - survive the latest bout of inclement weather? Will Canada's home team thrive or wilt under the pressure of its bold ambition to dominate the games?
One burning question, at least, will be answered Friday night when the opening ceremonies end with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. For days, Canadians have been speculating and debating whether the honor should go to hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player ever in Canada's most cherished sport, or some lesser-known, inspirational figure.
The flame itself finally arrived in Vancouver Thursday evening after a 106-day torch relay that passed through more than 1,000 communities in every corner of Canada over a nearly 28,000-mile route.
Vancouverites waved flags, banged tambourines and rang cowbells to welcome the flame at City Hall.
On Friday, about 55,000 spectators will pack into BC Place Stadium for the opening, under the largest air-supported dome in North America. That roof may be a blessing - the forecast predicts showers during the ceremony and through the weekend, diminishing the coast-and-mountain vistas that can be breathtaking on a clear day.
Compounding the weather problems was uncertainty over whether Vonn will be able to compete. Anything dimming her medal hopes could further damage prospects for NBC, the U.S. broadcaster, which already expects to lose millions on the Olympics.