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Monday Winter Olympics Update

February 17, 2014, 7:51 AM

Monday Winter Olympics Update
SOCHI, RUSSIA -

In Sochi, Olympic Security Increasingly Uneven

Sochi hotel guests are walking, unchecked, past unused metal detectors. Security guards are no longer poking around at the pockets and ankles of every single person entering Olympic facilities. Tangerines and bottles of Coke are making it through security barriers that banned them two weeks ago.

For all the warnings that security in Sochi would be invasive and aggressive, it's appearing more uneven, and in places almost relaxed.

No attacks have been reported since the Olympics started Feb. 7, and the world's attention has turned to the skiing and skating instead of security measures.

But risks remain. Islamic militants stage regular attacks elsewhere in the Caucasus Mountains region. Russia has deployed tens of thousands of forces across the Sochi region and U.S. authorities sent two warships to the Black Sea.

Fog Again Postpones Olympic Men's Biathlon

The men's 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon at the Olympics has been postponed for another day because of fog and is now set to start Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. (5:30 a.m. EST, 1030 GMT).

Organizers say a decision on the women's 12.5K mass start, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. (10 a.m. EST), is expected at 4 p.m.

The men's race initially was delayed one hour and then postponed Sunday because fog made for poor visibility on the shooting range. It was reset for Monday at 10 a.m. (1 a.m. EST).

However, with fog still hanging over the course, organizers delayed the start for at least another 5½ hours before calling it off as conditions failed to improve.

Updated Medal Count:

The Netherlands is dominating speedskating in the Winter Olympics in a big way. Second in the overall medal standings - zero medals in any other sport.

The Dutch swept their third podium of the Sochi Games Sunday, the women's 1,500 meters speedskating, to be the biggest medal mover of the day. It was the only country to win three medals on the ninth day of competition.

The Netherlands has won 17 medals overall, including five silvers and seven bronzes. One bronze came in short track in the 1,000-meter event.

Canada, France and the United States won two medals each on a day that was crunched because weather postponed a biathlon event.

Six medal events were scheduled for Monday, though men's snowboardcross and 15-kilometer mass start biathlon events were delayed because of weather. Also planned were women's 12.5-kilometer mass start biathlon, ice dance, men's two-man bobsled, men's aerials free skiing and men's team ski jumping.

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