Thursday, July 2, 2015

Weather still playing havoc with skiing

VANCOUVER - The big news from the Winter Olympics yesterday was what wasn't happening.

Heavy snow on Blackcomb Mountain postponed the men's super-combined race and called off women's downhill training.

An overnight snowstorm forced ski officials to postpone yesterday's men's super-combined race for nearly a week and call off the women's training, the latest shuffling to the Alpine calendar at the Vancouver Olympics.

With snow still falling yesterday, the super-combined was bumped to Sunday. The men's giant slalom that was supposed to be Sunday was shifted to Tuesday.

The men's super-combined is the third race that has been postponed following the mix of warm temperatures, snow, rain and fog that wreaked havoc with the Alpine schedule.

Of the four Alpine races scheduled so far, only one has gone off - the men's downhill won Monday by Didier Defago, of Switzerland. American Bode Miller took bronze in that race.

Dry weather is forecast for today, tomorrow and Friday and temperatures are predicted to drop below freezing at night.

Because of the weather, American skier Lindsey Vonn was able to rest her bruised shin. Her husband and coach, Thomas Vonn, said "there's no question" she will compete today, even though her shin is "throbbing."

Vonn, Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook and Alice McKennis were picked for the U.S. women's downhill team. Vonn will ski 16th (out of 45) in the downhill. *

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