KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia, February 5 (R-Sport) – A joint US-Canadian attempt to change the configuration of the mogul skiing track for the Sochi Olympics has been blocked, Russian skiing officials said Wednesday.
The Russian Freestyle Federation said that officials on the US and Canadian teams, two nations that dominate mogul skiing, had tried to force through track changes, according to a statement released a day before the start of qualification at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
“The managers of the American and Canadian national teams tried to introduce changes to the track design,” the Russian Freestyle Federation said.
“They think that it is too difficult. Coaches from the Russian team reacted in a tough way to that.”
No confirmation of the protest was immediately available.
The Russians said that they lodged a challenge to the protest with an International Ski Federation panel Tuesday and that it was upheld on the grounds that it would be too late to alter the track under mogul regulations.
The statement from the Russian Freestyle Federation does not appear to chime with comments made to R-Sport by leading medal contenders Alexandre Bilodeau and Mikael Kingsbury of Canada during training Tuesday.
Both Bilodeau and Kingsbury expressed satisfaction with the track, although 2010 gold medalist Bilodeau said he wished the jumps were higher and the course thus more difficult.