In Pyeongchang, High Winds Are No Breeze for Athletes

by Steven Clarke February 14, 2018, 18:00
In Pyeongchang, High Winds Are No Breeze for Athletes

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.

This is the second time that the organising committee has rescheduled the alpine skiing competition due to bad weather.

"We've been through this before in the World Cup quite often", said USA coach Paul Kristofic. "That's something we will consider moving forward". "It's a consideration, absolutely".

"Mikaela Shiffrin is hard to beat, she can get a medal in the games in every discipline", said Holdener.

The slalom is a race Shiffrin has dominated for five years, including her Olympic gold as a teenager and three consecutive world titles. "Next few days will be important", he said. "That will make six days in a row when we complete the slalom".

The event will now take place on Friday in Korea, which is Thursday night in mountain time.

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

The men's Super G has been switched to Friday, previously a rest day, to make room for the downhill.

Each of the first two contests were postponed because of unsafe winds that exceeded 25 miles per hour and the forecast predicts more of the same on today and Wednesday.

All of the shifting means that they will try to open the 11-race Alpine program Tuesday at the Jeongseon hill with the men's combined, which adds times from one downhill run in the morning and one slalom run in the afternoon.

Adams said that although athletes are often consulted in a decision to call off a race, the ultimate responsibility for safety lies with the federation in charge, in these instances, the world skiing governing body FIS. "So, neither of those were achievable today", said women's coach Paul Kristofic. Competitors get two shots at the course, then the woman with the lowest combined time claims victory.

Shiffrin would also become the first American skier to win multiple gold medals in a single Alpine event.


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