Outdoor Olympic athletes adjusting to warm weather

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo insulated blankets cover a snow storage unit in the Rosa Khutor Alpine center in the mountain cluster in Krasnaya Polyana outside the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. The head of the Sochi Olympics says there's no need to bring in stored snow to cope with the warm temperatures in the mountains - but organizers are ready to do so if necessary. Dmitry Chernyshenko told The Associated Press that snow from previous winters remains in storage near the mountain venues. Organizers have stored 700,000 cubic meters (25,000 cubic feet) of snow.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Rising temperatures are turning the Winter Olympics into the Warm Olympics, forcing athletes to adapt.

In sports contested in the mountains — skiing, snowboarding, sliding, jumping — that means switching equipment or techniques, waiting out delays or being forced to skip practice.

At the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center, three racers crashed in soft snow during the men’s freestyle sprint Tuesday.

Over at the Rosa Khutor course for Alpine skiing, Bode Miller and other racers adjusted to slope that went from slick to slushy, affecting the way skis react. At least they got in some work Tuesday.

Citing high temperatures, officials called off scheduled training for the women to preserve the track for their downhill Wednesday, when it’s supposed to reach 50 degrees (10 Celsius).

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