Weather could force more schedule changes

By Karolos Grohmann

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Bad weather conditions at the mountain venue of Whistler could force changes to the combined Alpine skiing events, Vancouver Olympics organizers said on Saturday.

The Alpine skiing men's downhill for Saturday was already postponed until Monday and organizers said bad course conditions and poor weather could also delay the combined events.

"There is some discussion going on later today whether there will be adjustments to the combined events," Games spokeswoman Renee Smith-Valade told reporters.

She said any delays would not seriously affect competition as these events were purposely scheduled early in the Games to allow for adjustments.

"We purposely did put them at the beginning. We have room to reschedule them as we have 2-3 contingency days in there," she said.

The weather has already forced organizers to bring in snow by truck and helicopter at Cypress Mountain, where the freestyle skiing and snowboard events are held, due to lack of snow.

(Editing by Frank Pingue)