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High winds force more event postponements at Winter Olympics

High winds force more event postponements at Winter Olympics

Fans excited to see Mikaela Shiffrin's 2018 Winter Olympics debut on Tuesday night were yet again disappointed as weather delayed the women's slalom for the second time.

The postponements will compress the schedule for Alpine skiing, which has 10 events remaining, into just 10 days.

After a trio of delays due to strong winds, the decision to shut things down came an hour after the event was supposed to have started on Wednesday morning on the slopes of South Korea.

Shiffrin, 22, is looking to defend her slalom Olympic gold medal from Sochi in 2014, a victory that made her the youngest ever to win gold in the event.

"When you have gusty winds like that, it is hard to have a fair race, and the weather forecast called for winds to increase throughout the afternoon, right around our proposed start time for both runs, so that was a red flag for officials as well".

Atle Skaardal, chief race director for women's FIS races, said he was optimistic of staging both the giant slalom and slalom on Thursday and Friday respectively.

The committee will also offer refunds to those who are unable to attend the rescheduled competition.

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United States ski star Shiffrin, who became the youngest ever Olympic slalom champion at the age of 18 in Sochi, will have to wait until Wednesday's for her first bid at gold in South Korea.

While her Giant Slalom results have been somewhat mixed this season, she has shown signs of her true potential with some of her best World Cup results in this, her preferred discipline.

"It was a long and hard day today", said the former Norwegian racer, twice a super-G world champion.

It is unusual, but hardly unprecedented, for men and women to have races pushed onto the same day at a major competition because of bad weather.

"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 and today's conditions would definitely not have been fair". Wednesday's slalom has been moved to Friday.

"Things are compacted now but we still have sufficient days and the ability to use both venues on the same day".

- "Roll with punches" -Paul Kristofic, head coach of the USA women's team, said it was just a question of rolling with the punches. "So neither of those were achievable today".


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