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2010 Winter Olympics: Wet wether forces changes in alpine schedule

WHISTLER, British Columbia — Volunteers are working feverishly to fix what the warm weather and rain have done to the alpine course at Creekside Whistler.

"They've got a huge crew of unbelievable volunteers working 24 hours a day, every single one of them enjoying the process of trying to put on the best Games possible," said U.S. head men's alpine coach Sasha Rearick.

He said the weather had provided some "adversity" to both skiers and course workers, but everyone was optimistic and eager to get competition under way today.

One of the difficulties is that they're dealing with three different climate issues.

The top of the hill was getting heavy snow, the middle section of the course was being pounded with a mixture of rain and snow and the bottom was being saturated by near-constant rain.

"We've been staying off the bottom of the hill because it's slush right now," said Rearick. Instead of training Saturday, skiers enjoyed a rare day off.

The women's team was scheduled for training today at 11 a.m., while the men were scheduled for downhill competition Monday at 10:30 a.m.

The women's downhill medal event was scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. and the Super Combined was scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. with the finals at 1 p.m.

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