Sochi 2014: Winter conditions hit Games as fog disrupts schedule

Sochi 2014: Fog winning day 10 so far with multiple events postponed, though spirits high among athletes

By Ashley Birch
Blurred vision: Sochi fog Photo: rrraarr_lev/Instagram

Despite day 10 of the games being marred with postponements as a result of poor weather conditions and vertically zero visibility – it seems spirits in Sochi are still high.

The men’s snowboard cross was the first event to be suspended, before the men’s 15km mass start also fell foul to the fog again – after yesterday’s rescheduling.

Tim Burke of the United States was expecting to race in the men’s biathlon but at least it now seems he will be fully rested up once the fog clears.

After finishing 13th in the women’s luge, Arianne Jones was faced with further disappointment as the reality of her childhood dream wasn’t quite what she expected.

While Canada’s snowboard cross team Robert Fagan, Kevin Hill, Jake Holden and Christopher Robanske somehow found a tennis ball on top of Rosa Khutor’s mountain to help pass the time.

However alpine skier, Phil Brown, discovered the most effective way to escape the poor conditions descending on Sochi’s slopes and it made for an incredible sight.

With the postponement of both the men’s snowboard cross and mass start biathlon race, focus will switch to the climax of the two-man bobsleigh with Russian pair Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Vorvoda in the lead at the halfway stage.

Great Britain’s Lamin Deen and John Baines finished the day in 23rd position and the Winston Watts piloted Jamaican sled were 30th and last.

Medals are also up for grabs in the men’s aerial freestyle skiing, the team ski jump and figure skating pairs while the women’s ice hockey semi-finals pit the USA against Sweden and Canada take on Switzerland.

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