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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

(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.

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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. (Read more 2010 Vancouver Olympics stories.)

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