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SBD/February 15, 2013/Olympics
Small Capacity At Sochi Venues Could Be Issue; Russian Oligarchs Fund Balooning Costs
Published February 15, 2013
ROCKY CONDITIONS: The AP’s Tim Reynolds reported bobsled and skeleton athletes are “upset over ice conditions at the track that will be used" for the Sochi Games. The issue is “not about speed, safety or design -- everyone's satisfied with those elements -- but rather, how the ice is being maintained.” U.S. slider Noelle Pikus-Pace said, "It's so bumpy out there. There's actual concrete in the outrun. It just isn't ready for us to slide. The track is a mess." Canadian slider Eric Neilson “turned to Twitter to express his frustration.” He wrote, "This trip here has turned into a joke really. Where are the hidden cameras?" Still, bobsled and skeleton's governing body, the FIBT, has “no plans to cancel this weekend's World Cup event” (AP, 2/11). USA TODAY’s Rachel George wrote the cancellation of an FIS slopestyle World Cup event in Sochi “has done little to ease concerns." However, FIS officials said that they were "working to reschedule and give athletes the opportunity to offer feedback” (USA TODAY, 2/13).