Winter Olympics: Men's downhill pushed to Monday due to high winds
Winter Olympics: Men's downhill pushed to Monday due to high winds
AP: Olympic men's downhill postponed because of strong wind
12 February, 2018, 04:08
Strong winds saw the men's downhill postponed at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Sunday.
Winds are reportedly expected to approach 35 miles per hour on the mountains Sunday morning.
Luckily for the male racers, they managed to get three downhill training sessions in under their belts, racing the third in similarly gloomy weather forecasts that eased at the last minute. "We do have reserve days and if the gondola's not going to run we have a major problem".
"If that happens, I hope they give good consideration before running it because if there are tail-winds, it will have a huge impact on the race".
Chief race director Markus Waldner had flagged the possibility of postponing the downhill as early as Wednesday and contingency plans had been drawn up for an emergency meeting of the race committee to consider.
The event was supposed to begin at 9 p.m. ET Saturday (11 a.m. Sunday morning local time).
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