Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

In Pyeongchang, High Winds Are No Breeze for Athletes

In Pyeongchang, High Winds Are No Breeze for Athletes

The women's slalom event at the 2018 Olympic Games was postponed Wednesday because of risky winds.

Breitfuss will compete again on Friday, February 16, in Super Giant Slalom and will close his performance in giant slalom on Saturday, February 17, while his teammate Timo Juhani Gronlund, 30, will compete in cross-country skiing.

Mikaela Shiffrin was supposed to make her debut at the 2018 Games in the giant slalom, but then would have made it in the women's slalom with the delay.

This is the second time that the organising committee has rescheduled the alpine skiing competition due to bad weather.

According to Matt Renoux, our reporter in PyeongChang, it was windy and snowing shortly before the delayed start time.

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

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

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"It's shortened downhill course with the wind playing its role", Jansrud, one of the two athletes' representatives for the race, said after clocking the fourth fastest time.

"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".

American Jamie Anderson laid down the best first run to retain the title she won in Sochi four years ago but pre-event favorite Anna Gasser, who failed to land either of her runs, said the final should have been postponed.

"We've been through days like this before, in the World Cup, quite often and the number one thing is safety and the second thing is to have a good, fair race". She has now been on snow for four straight days with the postponed races.

"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.

Whenever she does get to head down the hill through the gates, the 22-year-old American will be attempting to become the first athlete to win the slalom at two Winter Games in a row.

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