Women's Slalom Postponed Due to Strong Winds at PyeongChang Games

Erica Murray
February 14, 2018

The men's downhill event was moved to 11 a.m. Thursday, while the men's super giant slalom was pushed back to 11 a.m. Friday.

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.

The official forecast FIS is using predicts a downturn in temperatures on Thursday, dipping to -14 degrees Celsius (6.8 Fahrenheit) with windchill at the 10:00 am (0100 GMT) start of Thursday's first leg of the giant slalom, with a much decreased wind speed of 14.7km/h.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) jury and local organisers previously rescheduled the men's downhill event that was originally set to take place at Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, on Sunday.

Kingsbury's success - over Matt Graham of Australia and Japan's Daichi Hara - was one of two Canadian gold medals Monday as the nation's ice skaters, including Eric Radford, the first openly gay man to win gold, eclipsed the silver medal it won four years ago.

Earlier this week in the women's slopestyle event, several riders were critical that racing was held in adverse conditions, with one Dutch snowboarder insisting the competition was a lottery. "Next few days will be important", he said.

"Well, it compresses the schedule, so it makes for a more hectic five, six days as we approach into the speed events", USA women's head coach Paul Kristofic said.

The wind gusts have been strong enough to push people around; by evening, metal detectors outside venues and all signage were laid down on the ground, to prevent them from being picked up by the gusts.

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

Wednesday's postponement was the third alpine schedule change of the Pyeongchang Games.

American Ted Ligety won the alpine combined at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games and can become the first man to win a combination event twice at the Olympic Winter Games.

Austria has not won a men's combination event at the Olympic Winter Games since Mario Reiter won on February 13, 1998, in Nagano.

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