Fog postpones men's Olympic snowboardcross; new race date not yet set

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A gondola goes through the fog prior to the men's snowboard cross competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The Olympic men's snowboardcross was postponed Monday because of fog. A new date and time have not been set.

Officials pushed back the race in the early afternoon after a heavy fog blanketing Rosa Khutor Extreme Park failed to lift.

The postponement came after officials scrubbed the seeding runs originally set for 10 a.m. local time. The expected 1:30 p.m. start of the elimination rounds came and went with visibility still low.

"I called it as soon as I got here, that there would be bad weather on the day I race," Australian snowboardcross racer Jarryd Hughes said. "It can't stay sunny the whole time for that long."

There are no medal events scheduled for the course Tuesday or Wednesday, though the course was to be available for skicross training.

Men's and women's parallel giant slalom, which is held alongside the snowboardcross course, are scheduled for Wednesday.

The postponement is the second of the games. Officials pushed back the men's 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon race from Sunday to Monday and then again from Monday to Tuesday because of fog.

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