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Check start times, alpine fans warned

Organizers of the Paralympics are warning people with tickets to alpine events to check vancouver2010.com to confirm start times.

Organizers of the Paralympics are warning people with tickets to alpine events to check vancouver2010.com to confirm start times.

Events could start 90 minutes earlier or later than originally planned. The forecasted weather at Whistler Creekside has forced VANOC to revise its alpine schedule through the Paralympic Games as each alpine discipline has its own technical and weather requirements.

“Spectators will still experience world-class athletes competing in a spectacular alpine competition venue and inspirational performances are guaranteed,” said Tim Gayda, vice-president of sport with VANOC in a statement.

Technical events like slalom and giant slalom, which tolerate low visibility, will be held during the first part of the week. Speed events, like downhill and Super G, which need colder and clearer conditions, will be held later in the week.

For fans, it means their tickets are valid for the day purchased, but not necessarily for the discipline they wanted.

 
 
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