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50 Degrees On Wednesday? Sochi Quickly Turning Into The Slushy Olympics

Athletes Forced To Deal, Change Equipment, Miss Out On Valuable Practice Time
General view of the halfpipe before the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Semifinal on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

General view of the halfpipe before the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Semifinal on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (CBSNewYork/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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