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Snow Forces Cancellation of Women's Downhill Training


Workers clear snow from inside the finish area of the alpine ski venue speed course at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Feb. 13, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing.

The latest on the Beijing Winter Olympics:

The second women's downhill training run for American Mikaela Shiffrin, Italian Sofia Goggia and other Alpine skiers has been canceled because of snowfall.

The men's giant slalom race is still supposed to take place Sunday, Beijing time.

A downhill has faster speeds than the giant slalom and so is more dangerous to ski when visibility is poor.

Snow began falling Saturday at the Yanqing Alpine Skiing Center during the first women's downhill practice session and continued into Sunday morning.

There is another downhill training scheduled for Monday ahead of Tuesday's race.

Court to decide Russian skater’s fate

Russian figure skating superstar Kamila Valieva was at a practice session Sunday, hours before the Court of Arbitration for Sport was scheduled to meet to decide whether she'll be allowed to compete.

The meeting of CAS is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sunday and a decision is expected sometime Monday, less than 24 hours before Valieva is scheduled to skate in the women's short program at the Beijing Games.

Valieva has been allowed to practice since Monday, when a drug test she took in December was flagged for traces of a banned heart medication. That was the same day Valieva helped Russia win the team gold medal with a dynamic free skate in which she became the first woman to land a quad lutz in Olympic competition.

The practices have become increasingly uncomfortable, though, as Valieva continues to prepare with dozens of reporters and camera crews watching her every move. She briefly burst into tears during her Friday session.

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