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Olympic halfpipe problems mounting

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2014 at 3:12 am •  Published: February 11, 2014
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Davis said organizers told him they would treat the halfpipe with chemicals that keep the ice frozen at higher temperatures. Highs were in the 40s on Monday.

American coach Mike Jankowski said riders were simply going to have to deal with the conditions presented to them.

"If everything were perfect every time and this were an indoor sport, we'd be figure skating," he said. "Whoever deals with the conditions the best is going to win a medal and whoever gives up isn't going to win a medal."

American Kelly Clark, who won gold in 2002 and bronze in 2010, said conditions were less than ideal but she's been preparing for that.

"Any less-than-perfect pipe we dealt with the last four years, I said, 'If this is what we're dealing with in Sochi, I want to be ready,'" she said. "I look at it as an opportunity."

Four years ago in Vancouver, riders complained about the pipe in the lead-up but said conditions improved for the actual contest.

They're hoping for the same thing here.

"The first contest is tomorrow and nobody's ready," Teter said. "They haven't been able to practice their tricks. They're trying to stay alive every run. It's harsh."