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The men s snowboard cross event featuring Australia s Alex Pullin, has been postponed due to fog.
AAP The men's snowboard cross event featuring Australia's Alex Pullin, has been postponed due to fog.

Alex `Chumpy' Pullin's tilt at Australia's first Winter Olympic gold medal of the Sochi Games has been put on ice after a thick fog forced the postponement of his snowboard cross event.

Pullin, the two-time world champion, is favoured to take gold but will have to wait another day now for competition because of poor visibility at the course on Monday.

Initially the seeding for the event was cancelled with expectations that the race proper would go ahead.

But at approximately 2.30pm local time (9.30pm AEDT) the race was called off for the day.

The sport's governing body, FIS, stated that the race would go ahead at 10.30am on Tuesday (5.30pm AEDT), that time expected to be ratified by the IOC later in the night.

The good news for Pullin is that it will continue in a modified format, without individual racers going down the course to determine seedings.

That should play into Pullin's hands as the 26-year-old is the No.1 ranked rider, in theory giving him the smoothest possible path through the head-to-head racing.

Australian young gun Jarryd Hughes had been seeded 11 while compatriot Cam Bolton was seeded 31.

"Everyone was pretty pumped up to go but the weather was not really letting up at all," Pullin said.

"It's unfortunate. It's really out of the control of everyone involved. The organisers did everything they could.

"They used snow guns to try and blow it away, which was pretty funny. They were literally doing all they could. Everyone wanted this event to go today.

"At that point visibility was terrible. You couldn't see the ramp on the last jump.

"You would've come out of the last turn and not known where to go at full speed, which was an obvious decision."

Hughes said he had a feeling all along that there would be some weather coming through after almost three weeks of fine conditions.

The fog was the first weather issue in Krasnaya Polyana during the games, with most days featuring bright sunshine and temperatures that have reached as high as 10 degrees.

"I called it as soon as I got here - that there would be bad weather on the day I race," he said.

"It can't stay sunny the whole time for that long."

He said he'd be happy to race in any conditions though.

"I'm Australian. (We race) any time, any place," he said.

On whether the conditions are too dangerous to compete he offered: "Boarder cross is dangerous. Every event here is dangerous."