SOCHI, Russia — Ideally, the time and place to test an Olympics format change would have been a couple of years ago at a smaller competition.
Not at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in the 2014 Winter Games.
But, much to the bemusement of the freestyle moguls skiers, Olympic officials tend to do things their own way. So, with the women's event starting Thursday, it is a brave new moguls world.
The format tweak increases the importance of endurance: There are now two days of competition — a qualification run and a second day with as many as three more rounds.
Four years ago in Vancouver, the format for skiers featured only two runs.
"It's good for us," said American Hannah Kearney, the defending Olympic champion. "I can say quite confidently that we're the most fit, strongest team out there.... We're as prepared as possible to handle several days of competition in a row.