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SOCHI SCENE: Delayed by ... snow

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Photo - A large screen announces a brief snow delay in the start of the second run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
A large screen announces a brief snow delay in the start of the second run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — So the second leg of the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics was delayed by — wait for it — snow.

Yes, a sudden shower of thick flakes at the top of the Rosa Khutor course, along with sleet and rain lower down on the hill, came right before the scheduled start time of Tuesday's second of two GS runs. It's the first snow on the mountain since the Alpine competition at the Sochi Games began on Feb. 9.

Indeed, the biggest weather issue until now had been the bright sun that lifted the temperature above 50 degrees (10 Celsius) and made the ski track mushy.

After about a 15-minute delay Tuesday, during which some skiers and coaches huddled under umbrellas, the first starter headed down the giant slalom course for the second run.

— By Howard Fendrich — Twitter http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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