Sochi weathers warm temperatures but struggles with fog

Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:48am EST
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By Karolos Grohmann

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Organizers of the Sochi Olympics defied the odds when they battled unusually warm temperatures for a week but they were helpless against a winter fog that caused events to be postponed on Monday.

The men's biathlon 15km mass start was called off for a second straight day and thick fog also forced the postponement of the men's snowboard cross competition.

The women's biathlon 12.5km mass start, however, did get the all-clear for later on Monday.

"I think it is actually quite ironic that the biggest issue we've had so far is due to winter fog and that's led to the biggest postponement we've had," said IOC spokesman Mark Adams.

The men's biathlon event has been set for Tuesday. Seeding runs for the men's snowboard cross were initially scrapped on Monday, with Organizers hoping to go straight into the finals, before postponing those as well.

The morning's light drizzle also affected the conditions For biathlon, with the snow being extremely slushy.

"The salt on the track isn't working. They salted the whole course but there seems to be no interaction," said competition jury member Patrizio Curtaz.

With memories of Vancouver's melting venues in the first few days of the 2010 Games still fresh, temperatures in Sochi rose to over 18 degrees Celsius during the first week.   Continued...

Spectators stand in the stands at the venue for the men's snowboard cross competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson