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With eye on conditions, Olympic halfpipe event moves forward Published: February 11, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The men’s snowboard halfpipe competition began on schedule Tuesday, a day after several snowboarders complained about the condition of the pipe, reports the New York Times.

The first qualification round, with 20 snowboarders, began just after 2 p.m. here. The second qualification group was expected to begin at about 4 p.m. If the halfpipe’s conditions deteriorate, officials said, they would reassess whether to continue with the semifinals and finals on Tuesday night or postpone them.

Several of the riders from the first group said after their runs that the pipe itself had improved since Monday, but that the loose, sugary snow on the flat bottom between the 22-foot walls was not ideal.

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