Women’s downhill training canceled on Sochi course



KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The second women’s World Cup downhill training session on the course for the 2014 Sochi Olympics was canceled Thursday due to heavy snowfall and low visibility.

Skiers and coaches also lamented that there were not enough local skiers to clean the fresh snow off the Rosa Khutor slope. There are only about 200 so-called slippers here, whereas there are usually twice that number at other races.

Organizers first delayed the start by an hour, then called it off.

A third and final training session is scheduled for Friday before the downhill Saturday and a super-combined Sunday that will round out the first major test for the games.