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Start time change for men's super-combi downhill

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Warm weather has forced an earlier start for the downhill portion of the Olympic men's super-combined on Friday.

Organizers said Thursday the downhill will start at 10 a.m. (0600 GMT), one hour earlier than scheduled, before the expected sunshine can warm the snow and slow the course. Earlier in the day, defending Olympic super-combined champion Bode Miller suggested that moving the start would help racers.

"Running tomorrow earlier would potentially help, just a little bit more fair conditions," Miller said after completing a downhill practice run. The slalom leg of super-combined is unchanged with a scheduled 3.30 p.m. (1130 GMT) start on an adjoining slope.

Temperatures have risen above 50 degrees (10 C) on the sunbathed Alpine courses this week.

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