High winds force more event postponements at Winter Olympics

Feb 14, 2018, 17:47
High winds force more event postponements at Winter Olympics

After twice pushing back the start time for the first run of the slalom at Yongpyong Alpine Centre, officials chose to postpone Wednesday's race to Friday, meaning American star Mikaela Shiffrin must wait another day to begin her Olympics. Rather than being postponed, that event was run after a delay.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea-Winter weather at the Winter Olympics is to be expected.

The start of Wednesday's slalom was initially postponed 30 minutes, then an hour, before race officials finally made the decision to postpone, as winds were supposed to pick up later in the day.

This is the third race that has been moved due to weather.

Charlie Guest will need to wait two more days to make her Olympic debut while Alex Tilley will be in action tomorrow if conditions allow the already-rescheduled Giant Slalom to take place.

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She has had previous success at Yongpyong where she finished first and second in two Far East Cup Giant Slalom races in January 2017.

Shiffrin, a favorite in the slalom - she won gold in that event in 2014 - is now slated to race that event on Friday.

After sitting in 26th place following the downhill portion of the race where he battled headwinds, the 33-year-old tech specialist delivered a blistering slalom run in the second leg to secure fifth place, 1.45 seconds behind victor Marcel Hirscher of Austria.

"We hope we can have races under decent, acceptable conditions". Slalom's second run is set for 1:45 p.m. local time (11:45 p.m. ET Wednesday).

"It is unfortunate that we weren't able to race today, but it is important we have a fair race for all of the athletes", said Shiffrin, who could realistically target at least four medals in Pyeongchang.

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"We'll continue to take it day by day and I look forward to getting in the start gate!"

"Well, it compresses the schedule, so it makes for a more hectic five, six days as we approach into the speed events", USA women's head coach Paul Kristofic said.

Skaardal added that FIS had "a very good opportunity" of hosting the two women's races on "favourable days for the forecast". "So neither of those were achievable today".

Friday is predicted to be even colder (-16C), with the start of the slalom due to kick off with winds of 25km/h, according to the Korea Metrological Administration.

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