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CLEVELAND -- There are only a few more days until the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Gay Games. The rain caused some delays, but a little creativity is helping to keep all the events on schedule.

The weather didn't stop Australia from taking the silver in men's volleyball. They're just glad to see a little sun for a change.

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"I'm loving this sunshine, it feels like home, even if it's winter in Australia, that's OK," said Peter Furness with Team Australia.

But there wasn't a whole lot of sun earlier in the week. On Tuesday, bad weather postponed the sailing competition, it resumed Wednesday but high winds capsized one sailboat forcing the competition inside the breakwall.

Despite a few hurdles from Mother Nature, organizers say it really has been smooth sailing.

"Everybody has been wonderfully understanding of the little bit of change we had to make," said organizer Tom Nobbe.

Since 1982, the Gay Games have traditionally been held in larger cities around the world from Amsterdam to Sydney and New York.

This is the first time they've been in the Midwest. From here they head to France, which is why Paris 2018 is keeping a close eye on the secret to Cleveland's success.

"Everybody is so kind, so welcoming. It's very different and we are surprised with that but we are glad with that," said Christelle Foucault with Paris 2018.

Participants say it's that friendly Cleveland welcome that chased the clouds away.

"It's great to be a part of the community in such a great event. It brings everyone together, everyone's who athletic and those who want to have fun, it's amazing," said Warrick Chan with Team Australia.

Closing ceremonies take place Saturday night.

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