6 Mar 2014

Downhill conditions concern paralympians

1:08 pm on 6 March 2014

A number of athletes have withdrawn from this weekend's downhill races at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi because of concerns about the course.

There has only been one snowfall since the end of the Winter Olympics and the temperature has regularly failed to get below zero.

Mild conditions and a lack of snow have made it soft and bumpy in places, resulting in a number of crashes in practice.

Australia's two-time medallist Cameron Rahles-Rahbula has been ruled out of the downhill event and is a doubt for the rest of the Games after injurying his leg in a training crash.

Countryman and World Cup winner Mitchell Gourley has described the course as "awful" and said safety was "questionable".

New Zealand doesn't have a skier competing in the downill.