With temperatures rising on the Black Sea coast, the Sochi Olympics are starting to feel more like the Summer Games.
On Monday, these Sub-Tropical Olympics really started to heat up with temperatures soaring to 61 degrees F. That led to skiers in the mountains above Sochi putting snow in their racing suits to cool down, and left ski jumpers landing in puddles.
“I’m trying to hide from the sun here because I feel like I’m getting red,” said Chemmy Alcott, a British skier who competed in the super-combined race.
The weather could get even warmer this week. Organizers said the temperature could reach 63 F on Thursday.
But even up in Krasnaya Polyana, where the outdoor events are being held, temperatures were well above freezing.
“It was pretty warm snow and I don’t think I adapted to it well,” said American skier Stacey Cook, who missed a gate in the slalom leg of the super-combined. “It slides under your ski more.”
To combat the possibility of high temperatures, organizers have been storing large amounts of snow and say they will have enough to continue.