Giant Slalom Postponed Due to Strong Winds at PyeongChang Games

by Steven Clarke February 15, 2018, 0:51
Giant Slalom Postponed Due to Strong Winds at PyeongChang Games

The first event of the Alpine skiing, the men's downhill, in Pyeongchang was also postponed from Sunday until Thursday because of high winds at the other venue in Jeongseon. The combined, which adds times from one downhill and one slalom, is now the first race for the men and remains slated for Tuesday.

Shiffrin, 22, is scheduled to defend her gold medal in the women's slalom on Wednesday.

Frida Hansdotter, Sweden: Hansdotter has been a top-four slalom skier since 2013, and she won the World Cup slalom title in 2016.

"I know, like, it's a comparison between sports, and I don't think there's a sport in the Winter Olympics where you can even win 23 medals across three or four Olympics, but, yeah, I could never imagine myself even in the same sentence as Michael Phelps", Shiffrin told reporters in South Korea.

The Phelps-like audacity of what Shiffrin is attempting - looking to triumph in the technically demanding slalom and GS as well as the so-called speed events, the downhill and super-G - should be enough to garner attention in and of itself.

Disruption to the Alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics is not unusual and it is a rare Games where some rejigging of the schedule is not necessary. The men's downhill frequently serves up a surprise, but world champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland and 2010 silver medalist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway are popular picks. At the most recent event in Cortina, she finished 3rd, under a half-second behind Vonn.

Slalom needs the iciest racing surface, and can run in falling snow and fog that would make the downhill or super-G speed races unsafe. "But the reality is Mikaela is the best racer out here".

Jansrud and Alexis Pinturault of France should contend.

"They said we had to do it today".

This one has a 16-nation bracket; each team has two men and two women.

She went to the 2017 world championships heavily favored again in slalom but also seen as a contender for a giant slalom medal because of her improvement in that discipline.

Men and women shared race days at the 2006 Turin Olympics and 1998 Nagano Olympics, for example.


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