Olympics: Women's slalom delayed because of high winds

Lynette Rowe
February 14, 2018

The women's slalom, which was due to take place on Wednesday, was postponed to Friday due to strong winds, the 2018 Winter Olympic's organising committee announced.

Of course, that's assuming they ever get around to doing any racing at all in Alpine skiing.

On Wednesday at Yongpyong, snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that.

A shortened women's snowboard slopestyle final went ahead on Monday in high winds, after qualifying was cancelled completely a day earlier.

The dominant figure in the technical events on the women's World Cup circuit, in which she heads the overall standings with 10 wins, including five in slalom, the 22-year-old is a strong favorite.

The schedule for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics was similarly impacted by poor course conditions and bad weather at Whistler with the men's downhill postponed by two days.

Norway, Austria, and the United States have won this event a record two times at the Olympic Winter Games.

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The men's super-G, originally set for Thursday, has been switched to Friday.

Last Sunday saw the postponement of the men's downhill, the blue riband event of the programme, which has been rescheduled to take place at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on Thursday.

After several delays in the schedule, the event was eventually called off as the hurricane-like winds made it impossible for the athletes, including the USA rising star Mikaela Shiffrin, to compete in such weather conditions, reports Efe.

Seth Rubinroit of NBC Olympics noted Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic slalom champion in Sochi and proceeded to sweep the ensuing slalom gold medals at the World Championships.

For now, though, she must wait to get in a starting gate, along with all the other Alpine skiers.

"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". "But with the training block I've had, I'm prepared and feeling good". Now, with the big time difference between the USA and South Korea, the giant slalom is set to be seen in primetime in America on Wednesday.

Alpine events have now been delayed three times this week due to weather; the women's 15 km biathlon event was also postponed today.

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