Ill-wind blows no good for Pyeongchang Games

Doug Mendoza
February 14, 2018

She has had previous success at Yongpyong where she finished first and second in two Far East Cup Giant Slalom races in January 2017. "It's a consideration, absolutely".

According to the calendar, the downhill event will take place at the Jeongseon Alpine Center, at 02:00 local time.

Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud questioned the fairness of the downhill run for the men's combined after organisers finally got the Alpine skiing programme underway at the Pyeongchang Olympics after two days of weather postponements on Tuesday.

As winds hurled snow and debris around on Wednesday afternoon, the sky sometimes looked as if a turbulent (and very dusty) storm cloud had descended upon the earth.

"We had hope to be able to get today's race completed as scheduled, but it became clear that the winds were simply too strong to guarantee a fair and safe competition", FIS race director Atle Skaardal said.

While giant slalom lacks the raw speed of the downhill and super-G, the technique shown by the skiers as they carve their way down the slope can be breathtaking.

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On Friday, the rearranged slalom is due to be staged as the men compete in the super-G.

"The No. 1 thing is safety". Kristofic said he is "optimistic" about the weather on Thursday, saying the wind is supposed to die down and the course is in "perfect condition".

Defending champion Shiffrin can become the first alpine skier, male or female, to win successive Olympic gold medals in the slalom. The 22-year-old American is known for her calmness under pressure, but the high winds in the mountains are in danger of blowing her ambitions way off course.

But if Shiffrin isn't at the top of her game on Wednesday there are no shortage of quality challengers ready to swoop for gold.

Among the women who could challenge Shiffrin in the technical races are Switzerland's Wendy Holdener, who claimed silver in the slalom and gold in the Alpine combined event at last year's world championships; Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, owner of three world championship medals in the slalom; and Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, who has won two World Cup slaloms this season.

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