Whistler socked in by fog
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
WHISTLER, B.C. -- The weather woes that have plagued Vancouver have officially arrived here in the high mountains.
The entire village of Whistler — and the slopes where the alpine events are scheduled to be contested - are socked in with fog as thick as soup.
As a result, training runs for the women's super combined event has been postponed indefinitely and the training run for the women's downhill is delayed.
Instead, officials have made the men's downhill training a priority given that it is the first alpine event on the docket, scheduled to be run Saturday morning. Wednesday's men's downhill had to be scrapped with only half the competitors down the hill because of the fog.
According to Olympic rules, at least one complete training session must be held on the same day before an event can take place.
With the weather forecast for the next few days, making that happen could be a serious challenge. Prognostications through Sunday call for mixed precipitation and rain with temperatures not dipping below freezing.
The biggest concern is the fog, however. As locals are quick to point out, when a bank of it rolls in, it can often remain here for days.
The postponement of the women's events delays the much anticipated return to action of American superstar Lindsey Vonn, who revealed on Wednesday that she is suffering from a deep muscle bruise in her shin.
Vonn is still hoping to test the injury on Thursday.
"Warmup was still very painful but I think it was good enough to give it a shot in the training run," said Vonn, who is planning to compete in five events here, via her twitter feed.