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Sochi Olympics Halfpipe Described As 'Brutal' And 'Garbage'

02/10/2014 09:25 EST | Updated 02/10/2014 09:25 EST
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US snowboarder Shaun White takes part in a Men's Snowboard Halfpipe training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian and American snowboarders are criticizing Olympic organizers building a halfpipe that one athlete described as 'unsalvageable'.

With competition set to begin in a day, athletes have begun to speak up about the poor state of their course.

"What a lame showcase of snowboarding, and what a lame way to treat the athletes," American Danny Davis told Yahoo! Sports. Davis called the pipe 'garbage' and felt that organizers didn't hire the right people to build the course.

Fellow American and snowboarding star Shaun White tried his best to be diplomatic but also had concerns about the set-up.

"Today was, uh, not the best," White told journalists after a practice run on the weekend. He believes that organizers will be able to fix the course in time.

Australia's Torah Bright was also critical of the course. “It’s brutal and all you can do is kinda laugh in there,” she told Australia's Network 10.

“No one is able to ride their best today. We’ve had two days of training and you can’t even link a run,” she added.

The halfpipe isn't the only Sochi course that has been criticized. Many athletes said that the slopestyle course was too dangerous and U.S. skier Bode Miller warned that the downhill course 'could kill you' if you weren't careful.

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