Alpine test for 2014 Sochi Games called a success

ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer Published:

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) -- The first major test event for the 2014 Sochi Olympics was hailed as a success. Construction for the games may be behind schedule elsewhere, but the Alpine skiing venue is ready.

The only major complaints from skiers after a World Cup event this weekend was that the Rosa Khutor course contained too many turns to be considered a true downhill, and the International Ski Federation has promised changes for 2014.

Down in the valley, Rosa Khutor is evolving quickly from a small village into a massive resort lining a tributary of the Mzymta river. This week, athletes stayed in the only two hotels finished thus far. No restaurants or shops are open yet, but more hotels, stores and eateries are being built by the dozens.