2014 Winter Olympics: Safety fears halt downhill ski training in Sochi

Ezra Shaw

Ladies' downhill skiing practice was delayed due to concerns.

SB Nation 2014 Olympics Preview

Concerns for athlete safety came into sharp contract for the second time in as many days, delaying the training run of the Ladies' Downhill on Thursday.

Laurenne Ross of Team USA was one of three athletes to attempt a descent at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort before a stoppage, calling her attempt "intimidating," according to a report from Reuters. The session was halted for roughly an hour, allowing grounds crews to reduce the size of a hump nearing the finish line.

The course remained treacherous following the delay, with Ross explaining why the Sochi course is so difficult.

"You just get really high off the ground, the slope just drops off and you're still going straight and that's the problem because you feel like you're just not going to come down."

Safety concerns caused Shaun White to withdraw from the Men's Slopestyle event in Sochi to concentrate on the half-pipe event. It's unclear whether the concern over the Alpine track will manifest as a problem with competition begins, but athletes are trying to mitigate the fast speeds and sheer drops along the course.

More on the Winter Olympics:

Meet Team USA's brightest Winter Olympic athletes

Miracle Put on Ice: 1984 US hockey team never had a chance

The Ratchet Olympics | "We need to be tough!"

What to expect on the bigger Olympic hockey rink

Hockey: Men’s schedule | All 12 men’s rosters | USA roster analysis

Henrik Lundqvist on Sweden's chances, tournament fatigue

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.