KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Course workers have added 40 meters (130 feet) to the biathlon track for the Sochi Olympics because it was too short.
The loop should measure 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles). Even though a 5 percent deviation is allowed by the rules, the track at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center came up short.
Biathlon's technical delegate at the Olympics, Max Cobb, said Friday there was "an issue with the length but we made a change, which takes care of it."
The new part of the track will be used in the women's 7.5K sprint on Sunday, and in five more events afterward, including the three relays.
U.S. head coach Per Nilsson said the move was a surprise because "it's still the Olympics, so they should have measured that before."