- Associated Press - Thursday, February 13, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Was it cross-country skiing or beach volleyball?

Just looking at the outfits at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, it was sometimes hard to tell.

With the temperature at 54 degrees at the start of the women’s 10-kilometer classical-style race, sleeves were definitely optional. Many of the skiers, used to wearing suits made for freezing temperatures and snowfall, either wore short sleeves or rolled them up. American duo Sophie Caldwell and Sadie Bjornsen went a step further, wearing totally sleeveless tops.


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“The conditions are pretty crazy,” Caldwell said. “It’s definitely the warmest and softest I’ve skied in in a long time.”

Bjornsen, of Winthrop, Washington, was 18th in the race won by Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, while Caldwell, of Peru, Vermont, was 32nd.

Sophie Caldwell of the United States skis with a sleeveless top as temperatures go well over the freezing point during the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Sophie Caldwell of the United States skis with a sleeveless top as ... more >

Four-time Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen wore long sleeves and was among those who tired in the heat, fading out of medal contention to finish fifth.

“I was dressed as lightly as possible and I only wore that because I had to have something on,” she said.