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Day 3: On the ground in Rio with CBC Calgary's Doug Dirks

I've done pretty much everything you can think of during my broadcasting career, and now you can add weather specialist to the list.

The Homestretch host brings you the latest from the Rio Olympics 2016

(Doug Dirks/CBC)

I've done pretty much everything you can think of during my broadcasting career, and now you can add weather specialist to the list.

We woke up to gusting winds today here in Rio, and that is bad news for the sport of rowing.

The swirling winds wreaked havoc on the lane buoys, triggering a pair of one hour delays. When the wind picked up from the southwest, it forced the International Rowing Federation (FISA) to postpone Sunday's races.

The weather forecast here the past few days has been inconsistent, prompting the coaches to dub it the "ignore-cast."

I crashed the team manager's meeting with my colleague Karin Larsen, and here's what we learned.

The schedule has been modified for Monday, which means six of the seven Canadian boats will be in action, including Calgary's Nicole Hare in the women's pair.

Bad weather meant an empty waterway on Sunday as the rowing events were cancelled in Rio. (Doug Dirks/CBC)

We also learned the Olympic transportation system is still a mess because of Rio's traffic, Russia has been kicked out of the Paralympics for doping, the concessions are running out of food and water, and the team managers feel that IOC VIP's are being treated better than the athletes. Allegedly.

In other depressing Olympic news, an Australian coach and sports psychologist were robbed at knifepoint last night near their hotel by teenagers riding bikes.

On the upside, I've learned the Portugese words for thank you, good morning and hamburger.

In case you're wondering, it's hamburgeur. At least that's what it said on the menu last night, and the waiter brought me one when I ordered it.

Now excuse me while I Google the Portugese term for weather specialist.

About the Author

Doug Dirks in Rio

CBC Radio/TV Host

Doug Dirks is part of the CBC/Radio-Canada broadcast team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. When the Games aren't on, he hosts CBC Calgary's The Homestretch on radio and Our Calgary on TV.