Women's slalom latest race postponed as wind blows away Olympic alpine schedule

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 made a decision to postpone Wednesday's race to Friday, meaning American star Mikaela Shiffrin must wait another day to begin her Olympics. That followed Sunday's postponement of the men's downhill.

It said the event will start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with the second run slated for 1:15 p.m. on the same day, reports Yonhap news agency.

The weather in Pyeongchang, South Korea, appears to have something against Mikaela Shiffrin.

The giant slalom would have been Shiffrin's much-anticipated debut at these Winter Games.

That super-G was originally scheduled for Thursday but was pushed to Friday once the men's downhill was moved.

Now Friday will also be a double-competition day, with Shiffrin attempting to defend her 2014 gold medal in the slalom, which will be held at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre that hosts technical races, while the men compete in the super-G at the Jeongseon Alpine Center speed hill about 50 kilometres away.

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

"I've spent a lot of today walking backwards", said British Olympics visitor Elliott Edmonson.

It is this event which has delivered Taylor who lowest FIS points results, achieving top 10 finishes at Alpen Tour and US Super Tour races over the last three years. However, if the American has a bad day at the office, her rival will step forward to punish her.

- "Roll with punches" -Paul Kristofic, head coach of the United States women's team, said it was just a question of rolling with the punches.

"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".

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

The latest schedule change came Monday, when the temperature was 5 degrees and the women's giant slalom was shelved less than three hours before it was supposed to start. Shiffrin will then compete in the slalom on what will be Thursday night Stateside and Friday in the Asian nation. "So neither of those were achievable today".

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