Sleeveless (and Shirtless) in Sochi

PHOTO:Course workers take off their shirts to enjoy the warm weather as they prepare the landing hill before the mens Nordic combined normal hill training jump at the RusSki Gorki Jump Center at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Turns out if you wanted to enjoy some sunshine in February, you should have headed to Sochi. A warm front in southern Russia has threatened to melt the Winter Games with temperatures hitting the 60s and sunshine making it feel even warmer.

To fend off the effects of warm weather, officials tapping into snow reserves and athletes along with spectators are finding ways to keep cool.

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In the Women's 10km classical cross-country race, skiers shed sleeves in an effort to stay cool as they trudged through mushy snow to the finish line. At the time of the start the temperature was practically tropical (by cross-country standards, that is) at a balmy 54 degrees.

By the end of the race plenty of overheated and exhausted skiers collapsed at the finish line and Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won the race.

PHOTO: Germanys Nicole Fessel, left, and United States Sadie Bjornsen ski on the finish straight during the womens 10K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
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Germany's Nicole Fessel, left, and United States' Sadie Bjornsen ski on the finish straight during the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Even Olympic staff decided that winter gear wasn't for them. To clear the Russian slopes, course workers went shirtless on skis to stay cool even as they worked in the snow and ice.

PHOTO:Course workers take off their shirts to enjoy the warm weather as they prepare the landing hill before the mens Nordic combined normal hill training jump at the RusSki Gorki Jump Center at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Erich Schlegel/Zuma Press/Newscom
Course workers take off their shirts to enjoy the warm weather as they prepare the landing hill before the men's Nordic combined normal hill training jump at the RusSki Gorki Jump Center at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The snow was too warm and one training jump was cancelled due to slushy conditions.

Some Olympic competitors kept the shirt but lost the sleeves to stay cool in competition.

U.S. slopestyle skier Bobby Brown made it to the finals after shedding his jacket and performing flips and jumps in a T-shirt.

PHOTO: Bobby Brown of the United States jumps during a run in the mens ski slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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Bobby Brown of the United States jumps during a run in the men's ski slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

In the Olympic village, where the temperature has been rising to the mid 60s, athletes took advantage of the sunshine to exercise outdoors.

A Canadian athlete even donned sunglasses for a quick workout on his balcony.

PHOTO: A member of the Canadian team takes advantage of warm weather to work out on his balcony in Olympic Village at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 6, 2014.
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A member of the Canadian team takes advantage of warm weather to work out on his balcony in Olympic Village at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 6, 2014.

And even in the mountains, Canadian mogul skiers weren't deterred by the snow. They decided to cheer on teammates in competition with little more than a hat, scarf and sunglasses.

PHOTO: Canadian fans cheer during the mens ski slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Andy Wong/AP Photo
Canadian fans cheer during the men's ski slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Unfortunately for plenty of people on the East Coast of the U.S., a sunny warm day in the outdoors can currently only be enjoyed on television. In New York commuters slogged through a foot of snow just to make it to work.

PHOTO: Pedestrians walk along Nostrand Avenue as snowfall blankets the area, Feb. 13, 2014, in the Flatbush section of the Brooklyn borough of N.Y.
Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo
Pedestrians walk along Nostrand Avenue as snowfall blankets the area, Feb. 13, 2014, in the Flatbush section of the Brooklyn borough of N.Y. A winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic region as it marched Northeast and threatened more power outages, traffic headaches and widespread closures for millions of residents.

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