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Olympic men's halfpipe to go off as scheduled despite warm conditions

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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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)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - The men's Olympic halfpipe competition will begin with qualifying at 2 p.m. local time as originally planned.

Earlier Tuesday, officials at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park had posted a change to the schedule.

There will be two qualifying heats followed by the semifinals at 7 p.m., with the top 12 riders advancing to the final at 9:30 p.m.

Rising temperatures have wreaked havoc with the halfpipe during training.

Danny Davis of the U.S. said Monday the run needed a lot of work while 2006 gold medallist Hannah Teter, who will compete in the women's contest on Wednesday, called the halfpipe "crap."

Temperatures were expected to rise well above freezing Tuesday afternoon, worsening already slushy conditions that could play a role in Shaun White's bid for a third straight gold.

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