An avalanche at the Sochi Olympics mountain resort killed two skiers Sunday, the day after it opened to the public, according to The Associated Press.
Here’s the report:
Six skiers were on the middle section of Labirint run when the avalanche struck, Roza Khutor said in a statement. The snow buried two women, and rescuers who dug them out were unable to save them, it said, while the four other skiers escaped unharmed.
The resort said it was clearing the snow from the run and trying to determine the cause of the avalanche. The Roza Khutor management also expressed its condolences to the family and friends of the two skiers who died.
A map of the mountain shows the Labirint run located at the far edge of the resort and labeled black, the most difficult of four categories.
Skiing and snowboarding events were held in Rosa Khutor during the Olympics and Paralympics. The Paralympics concluded one week ago, and the resort reopened to the public Saturday, according to the AP.
The resort’s area received an avalanche warning in December, four days before it opened for the ski season.
There was a team of experts devoted solely to avalanche prevention in Rosa Khutor, as detailed by The New York Times.
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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.
Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.
Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.
The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.
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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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