February 17, 2014 / 12:35 PM / 4 years ago

Alpine skiing: Early start for women's giant slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - The start time for Tuesday’s Olympic women’s Alpine skiing giant slalom has been brought forward by 90 minutes due to weather conditions, officials said on Monday.

Austria's Kathrin Zettel (R) skis down as she attends an Alpine skiing training session during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Organizers said the first leg would now start at 0930 local (0530 GMT) instead of 1100. The second leg has also been rescheduled for 1300 local.

The Alpine centre above the resort of Rosa Khutor was shrouded in cloud and fog on Monday with athletes doing some free skiing on training slopes.

Some biathlon and snowboard cross events were postponed on Monday due to poor visibility.

The Alpine skiing speed events have all been completed, leaving only the men’s and women’s giant slaloms and slaloms - four technical races in all - for the final week.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Mitch Phillips

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