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Sochi's Melting Snow

Temperatures have risen to 61 degrees in Sochi, melting snow and raising fears for the Winter Olympic Games. 

It got so warm on the slopes that athletes competing in the women's downhill were forced to stuff snow down their suits just to cool down. 

"There's probably no snow left at the start because we were all putting it down our backs," British skier Chemmy Alcott said.  "There's definitely a hole.  We were like, 'just shove it down."'

Skiers were visibly uncomfortable. 

The warm weather also affected the race.  Many of the competitors aren't used to the warm snow. 

"It was pretty warm snow, and I don't think I adapted to it well," said American racer Stacey Cook.  "It slides under our ski more."

Laurenne Ross, another American racer, fell on the top portion of the course. 

Organizers of the race tried their best to deal with the warm up.  They injected the slalom course with water overnight to help create a harder surface. 

Later this week, a high of 63 is expected on Thursday. 

A study was released late last month.  The study looks into climate change issues, and it tries to determine what cities might be future hosts of the Olympic Winter Games.

This study found that Sochi would NOT make the cut. 

(sources:  The Hill, Motherboard, DM, and The Conversation)


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