Baumgartner’s race delayed
KRASNAYA POLY-ANA, Russia (AP) – The Olympic men’s snowboardcross has been pushed back to Tuesday because of fog.
Officials postponed the race early this afternoon after a heavy fog blanketing Rosa Khutor Extreme Park failed to lift for an event that will include American Nick Baumgartner of Iron River.
The decision 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.
Tuesday’s race will be under a modified format. There will be no qualifying and instead the racers will be bracketed based on their world ranking.
There will be seven heats of five riders each and one heat of four. The top three in each will advance to the quarterfinal rounds. Nate Holland and Trevor Jacob of U.S. will ride in the same opening heat.
The postponement is the second of the games. Officials pushed back the men’s 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon race from Sunday to today and then again to Tuesday because of fog.