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Women's Olympic Downhill Ski Training Run Delayed After Jump Ruled Too Dangerous

Italy's Verena Stuffer gestures in the finish area after completing a women's downhill training run at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.  AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured Columnist IVOctober 30, 2016

The demands of Sochi's slopes have incurred further criticism after the women's downhill ski training was put on hold due to one of the jumps being deemed too big.

According to Pat Graham of the Associated Press (h/t ABC News), three racers lodged complaints after going through their paces on the Thursday run, commenting that they were "getting too much air."

CBC confirmed through its official Sochi Twitter account that it's a jump near the race's finish that has drawn the ire of some:

Italian racer Daniela Merighetti was the last competitor to give the course a practice run, with the report going on to state that the International Ski Federation (ISF) have halted proceedings for "a few hours" in order to shave it down.

It's but the latest twist on how some areas of the course in Russia haven't been prepared to optimum standards, with multiple athletes taking note of the danger in recent days.

MAMMOTH, CA - JANUARY 16:  Shaun White reacts after a fall during the Men's Snowboarding Slopestyle Final U.S. Olympic Qualification #3 at the 2014 Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain Resort on January 16, 2014 in Mammoth, California.
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Controversy hit new heights when snowboarding great Shaun White was reported by Metro's Matthew Nash as having pulled out of the slopestyle event due to concerns over safety.

Instead, the 27-year-old will now place all his focus on the half-pipe event. But it's a big loss to the event as a whole, which undoubtedly could have been avoided were the conditions that much more accommodating.

Norway's Aleksander Aurdal also commented on the height of the jumps, albeit in a more carefree manner:

According to the Associated Press' report, United States' skiing hopeful Laurenne Ross was first to run through the jumps on Thursday, and said: "You feel like you're never going to come down."

For the average human, this might be seen as a common and understandable reaction to the slightest of free falls, but for another athlete of such high quality to voice doubts about the safety of the course only serves to raise more eyebrows.

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