The first change have been brought to the Olympic schedule on Thursday, February 13, with the men’s super combined skiing brought forward due to an abnormal high temperature in the Sochi mountains.
Athletes across a multitude of snow sports have complained about warm weather turning snow to slush, slowing down Alpine skiers and making falls more likely in freestyle and cross-country events.
The super combined’s opening downhill stage at Rosa Khutor mountain area on Friday, February 14, has been brought forward by an hour to 1000 local time (0600 GMT), when temperatures are likely to be cooler. The second component of the super combined, the slalom, remains scheduled for 3:30 p.m. local time Friday, according to organizers.
“In order to minimize weather influence on the competitions, it was decided to move the start,” the main operational center for the Games said in a statement.
Earlier on Thursday, organizing committee vice-president Alexandra Kosterina said the warm weather had not yet forced organizers to dip into the approximately half a million cubic meters of snow kept in storage.
Author: Julia Alieva