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Olympic halfpipe problems mounting

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    Shaun White of the United States gets air during a snowboard half pipe training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia >> The Olympic halfpipe only appears to be half-ready on the eve of the men’s competition.

Riders dished widespread criticism of the course on Monday, less than 24 hours before two-time defending gold medalist Shaun White takes aim at a three-peat.

Hannah Teeter of the U.S., who won gold in Turin in 2006, called the halfpipe "crap," while American teammate Danny Davis said plenty of work needs to be done before competition begins.

Officials postponed practice on Monday from the morning until after sunset in hopes a dip in temperature would make conditions more condusive for riding. It didn’t appear to help matters much.

Temperatures remained in the low-40s as dozens of riders took spills on the slush.

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