2014 Winter Olympics

Olympic Schedule 2014: Updated Info After Fog Postpones Multiple Day 10 Events

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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2014

The Day 10 schedule of Sochi Winter Olympics events has been badly affected by the adverse conditions, with a bout of fog leading to the cancellation of several events. 

As is confirmed by both NBC and CBC, the men's snowboard cross qualifying and men's 15-kilometer mass start biathlon were both scrapped from Monday's slate due to the weather:

It's been confirmed that both events have been rescheduled for Tuesday. NBC photojournalist Skyler Wilder reports that snowboard cross' new start time will be 10:30 a.m. local time, while Jeff Metcalfe of AZCentral Sports says the biathlon will start at 2:30 p.m. local time:

Monday's schedule has been affected by the unforeseen fog, with an updated schedule detailed below:

Updated Winter Olympics Schedule - Day 10
Time (ET)SportEvent/MatchupTVMedal?
12 a.m.Women's CurlingSouth Korea vs. USANBCSN*No
12 a.m.Women's CurlingRussia vs. Great Britain-No
12 a.m.Women's CurlingJapan vs. China-No
Update: Tuesday Feb 18 - 5:30 a.m.Men's Biathlon15-Kilometer Mass StartNBCSN*Yes
CancelledMen's Snowboard CrossSeeding Event-No
Update: Tuesday Feb. 18 - 1:30 a.m.Men's Snowboard Cross1/8 Finals-No
Update: Tuesday Feb. 18 - 1:52 a.m.Men's Snowboard CrossQuarterfinals-No
5 a.m.Men's CurlingGermany vs. Russia-No
5 a.m.Men's CurlingSwitzerland vs. USAUSANo
5 a.m.Men's CurlingNorway vs. Denmark-No
5 a.m.Men's CurlingChina vs. Great Britain-No
Update: Tuesday Feb. 18 - 2:04 a.m.Men's Snowboard CrossSemifinalsNBC*No
Update: Tuesday Feb. 18 - 2:12 a.m.Men's Snowboard CrossFinalsNBC*Yes
7:30 a.m.Women's Ice HockeyUSA vs. SwedenNBCSNNo
8:45 a.m.Freestyle SkiingMen's Aerials Qualifications 1-No
9:30 a.m.Freestyle SkiingMen's Aerials Qualifications 2-No
9:30 a.m.BobsleighTwo-Man Heat 3-No
10 a.m.Women's CurlingChina vs. Switzerland-No
10 a.m.Women's CurlingDenmark vs. Great Britain-No
10 a.m.Women's CurlingSweden vs. Japan-No
10 a.m.Women's CurlingCanada vs. South Korea-No
10 a.m.Figure SkatingIce Dance Free DanceNBCSNYes
10 a.m.Women's Biathlon12.5-Kilometer Mass Start-Yes
11:05 a.m.BobsleighTwo-Man Heat 4-Yes
12 p.m.Women's Ice HockeyCanada vs. SwitzerlandNBCSNNo
12:15 p.m.Men's Ski JumpingTeam First Round-No
12:30 p.m.Freestyle SkiingMen's Aerial Final 1-No
12:55 p.m.Freestyle SkiingMen's Aerial Final 2-No
1:12 p.m.Freestyle SkiingMen's Aerial Final 3NBCSN*Yes
1:22 p.m.Men's Ski JumpingTeam Final RoundNBCSN*Yes
sochi2014.com/nbcolympics.com (*Tape delay)

The main site of the issue is the Krasnaya Polyana mountain range, which had enjoyed a few days of warm weather in the buildup to Monday's thicker conditions. It's especially disappointing for the biathlon event, which had already been pushed back from its original start time on Sunday evening.

The snowboard cross event is scheduled to take place in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, but Monday's cancellation means a dramatic shift in matters for some underdogs. The cancellation of the seeding stage moves us right into the elimination round, using the world rankings as a seeding platform.

Luca Bruno/Associated Press

The weather and climate were always bound to play their part in Sochi, but these fluctuations in temperature may be even more severe than what event organisers were expecting to see.

Mattias Karen of The Associated Press (via Yahoo) provided a statement from International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams:

In terms of what's going on there, I think it's actually quite ironic that the biggest issue we've had so far is due to winter fog. Winter sports is very unpredictable. It's a very dynamic field of play. At present, the conditions are good and we are continuing. We haven't had any major complaints up there.

For now, indoor events, such as Monday's men's and women's curling, are the only events completely safe from weather interruption. Men's freestyle skiing, one of the events scheduled to take place later on Monday, hasn't yet been affected by the fog.

As Rachel Nichols of CNN points out, the setting is far from ideal right now, especially for those supposed to be shooting:

Mental preparation for an event as big as this can play a huge role in precisely how an athlete reacts to performing on the world's biggest stages. Those now taking part on Tuesday instead can only hope that their chances aren't affected by the last-minute change in plans.

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