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Olympics Update: Men's Downhill Postponed

One of the Winter Olympics' signature events has been postponed because the course outside Vancouver is slushy.

The men's downhill ski race, which was supposed to get underway this afternoon, will be rescheduled. The International Ski Federation hasn't yet set a date, according to the Associated Press.

As the AP also notes:

The first women's event, the super-combined, was supposed to be Sunday, and the decision to postpone that was made Friday.

Bad weather can't stop the indoor events, of course. Today's include short track speedskating.

The Games' opening ceremonies were held last night. "The Great One" — hockey's Wayne Gretzky — had the honor of lighting the flame:

Let the Games begin. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Let the Games begin.

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