Olympic organizers have altered the men's halfpipe schedule hoping for better conditions over a course that has drawn heavy criticism from riders.

Instead of a qualifying run originally scheduled for 2 p.m. local time Tuesday, riders will compete in a "semifinal" at 6:20 p.m., with the top 12 advancing to the final set for 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, and 2006 gold medalist Hannah Teter, who will compete in the women's contest Wednesday, called the halfpipe course "crappy."

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.

There were dozens of falls, very few big tricks and a lot of complaining during a Monday practice session that was pushed from morning to night while workers tried to make fixes.

"When you see every other person fall, you know something's wrong," Teter said. "It's a little dangerous. I've seen more people fall today than I saw all season. It's dangerous because it's crappy."

White called it "pretty hard to ride" but said it was nothing riders haven't dealt with before.

"The flat bottom is just sand and mush," he said. "It's pretty heavy. And once everyone gets in there, it just turns to mush."

Stuck again: American bobsledder Johnny Quinn might want to start avoiding small spaces at the Sochi Olympics.


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The 30-year-old, who made headlines last week by breaking through his stuck bathroom door at the Olympic Village, said he and some compatriots were trapped in an elevator Sunday. He posted pictures of the inside of an elevator, saying he was stuck with teammate Nick Cunningham of Monterey.

"No one is going to believe this, but we just got stuck in an elevator," he wrote on Twitter.

U.S. Bobsled spokeswoman Amanda Bird confirmed Quinn's account of the incident. Bird said Quinn was stuck in the elevator for no more than "a handful of minutes."

Sochi warming: Organizers have canceled the last scheduled training session for the women's downhill because of mild temperatures and soft snow conditions.

Temperatures soared to 61 degrees F (16 degrees C) along the Black Sea coast, while it was well above freezing in the nearby mountains, where skiers were putting snow in their racing suits to cool down and ski jumpers were landing in puddles. The weather could get even warmer by the end of the week.

Gender breakthrough: Women ski jumpers have been fighting for more than a decade to get into the Olympics, and they finally make their great leap forward Tuesday, when the event debuts.

Bloomberg News contributed to this report.