Transcript for Warm Weather May Be Playing a Factor in Winter Games
Goingo go the olympics now. Some of America's most famous athletes are falling short. These games warmer than ever. The temperature in sochi today, over 60, warmer than los Angeles. Which explains these sunbathers. ABC's Matt Gutman is there. Reporter: Kaitlyn Farrington dropped in the half pipe a virtual unknown. She popped out of it a gold medal champion, sharing the podium with another American, Kelly Clark, who took the bronze. One run for it all. Reporter: Their victory, an antidote to SHAWN white's cru crushing on that same course last night. Just thinking about it too much. Just wasn't my day, so, you know -- live on to fight another one. Oh! Reporter: White struggled in slush, despite last ditch efforts by organizers who blasted the course with water. Sochi, known for its palm trees, has the warmest climate of any winter games host ever. It was so hot, some sunbathed on the slopes, and Russians lounged by the black sea. You know what they say. When in Russia. At the end of a sultry day, it looked so enticing. But the warm weather isn't helping athletes, like white and American skier Julia Mancuso, who failed to medal today. Americans also falling short indoors. Champion speed skater Shani Davis, competing for his third straight gold in the event, placed a disappointing eighth in the 1,000 meter. The fact that neither white nor Davis won the events is stunning, the fact that they didn't even medal, is totally extraordinary. Reporter: The U.S. Tonight, fifth in the medal count, Germany leading the pack with six golds. Turns out Vladimir Putin's pitch to the olympics committee that in sochi you can swim in the sea and ski in the same dale is true. Tomorrow, it will be in the mid 60s, great for the visitors, not so great for the athletes, George. We could use that weather
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