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Women's slalom postponed, third event moved due to weather

Members of the course crew dismantle it after the women's slalom was canceled for the day due to weather at Yongpyong alpine center at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea Wednesday Feb. 14 2018 In Pyeongchang, High Winds Are No Breeze for Athletes
Frederick Owens | 14 February, 2018, 18:40

Icy winds tore through the mountains at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Monday, wreaking havoc at a snowboard final, forcing the postponement of the Alpine skiing for a second successive day, and raising questions about athlete safety.

The start of Wednesday's slalom was initially postponed 30 minutes, then an hour, before race officials finally made the decision to postpone, as winds were supposed to pick up later in the day.

Gusting winds forced the International Ski Federation (FIS) into postponing a third race of the alpine programe after the men's downhill and women's giant slalom were also rescheduled.

The super-G Olympic champion is one of the speed merchants who would have been looking to build a lead on the downhill run to make up for the advantage the more technical skiiers would have in the later slalom stage.

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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. "They said we had to do it today". Today, the plug was pulled on her title defending slalom outing.

The men's super-G, originally set for Thursday, has been switched to Friday. "But with the training block I've had, I'm prepared and feeling good".

Shiffrin is now slated to race in the giant slalom on Thursday morning in Korea (that's Wednesday night in the U.S.), with the first run scheduled for 10:00 a.m. (8 p.m. ET Wednesday). "We have a great gym and space to eat and take plenty of naps, so I'll use this time to recharge".

The first giant slalom was held in Italy in 1935 and the event joined the Olympic program in 1952 with the move to two runs for the women coming at the 1980 Olympics. Because wind could again present problems, Waldner said, three of the downhill's four jumps were adjusted so skiers wouldn't fly as high in the air.

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