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Weather scuttles last day of women’s downhill training

Sochi Olympics Alpine Skiing Women

United States’ Jacqueline Wiles rests after a women’s downhill training run for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Gero Breloer

The fifth and final day of women’s downhill training was canceled according to the Associated Press. The gold medal round remains scheduled for Wednesday.

The AP reports that the temperature was “well above the freezing level” during the super combine at Rosa Khutor, causing deep ruts to form at the bottom of the course. Much has been made of the unusually warm temperatures for a winter games, with various reports detailing temperatures in the 61-63 Fahrenheit range in certain parts of Sochi.

People have even posted photos of palm trees in Sochi.

If the previous four training sessions are any indication, downhill could be wide open, as Swiss skiers Fabienne Suter and Dominique Gisin along with Austrians Anna Fenninger and Nicole Hosp enjoyed the best training runs on individual days. Hosp won a silver in the women’s super combined on Monday.

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