Slush Postpones Men’s Alpine Skiing

Warm temps make for dangerous conditions; no replacement date set
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2010 7:02 AM CST
The finish area scoreboard announces that alpine ski training was canceled due to poor weather at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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(Newser) – The men's downhill at the Vancouver Olympics has been postponed because of a slushy course, the International Ski Federation said. The opening Alpine race was called off about seven hours before it was scheduled to start today. A replacement date was not immediately announced.

The first women's event, the super-combined, was supposed to be tomorrow, and the decision to postpone that was made yesterday. Repeated snow, rain, fog and too-warm temperatures have turned the Olympic slopes into a soft, mushy mess too dangerous to be used for high-speed skiing. Only one of six training runs for men and women has been completed as planned.

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