American Mikaela Shiffrin has another event postponed as weather halts skiing

American Mikaela Shiffrin has another event postponed as weather halts skiing

Javier Howell
February 14, 2018

Saturday night's men's downhill race and the women's giant slalom were both also moved.

This means Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait for her 2018 Olympic debut. again.

A large crowd had gathered well ahead of the original start time for Wednesday's race, and American fans were out in force to see Shiffrin, one of four U.S. starters in the field of 83. "That will make six days in a row when we complete the slalom".

It marks the third time in the opening four days of the Games here that an Alpine skiing event has been postponed. The event was also postponed on Sunday because of conditions.

At Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - a relatively low-lying area near the mountains where alpine and other events are held - the winds were sustaining 22 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon, with higher gusts.

Initially slated for a 10:15 am (0115 GMT) start, FIS said the first run of the slalom was now scheduled to start at 1145 am at the earliest. "Now we're going to get ready for giant slalom, so there's going to be giant slalom training this afternoon".

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Shiffrin has developed into one of her sport's most recognisable figures, catapulted to stardom at Sochi 2014 as she snatched the gold medal as an 18-year-old.

Adams said that although athletes are often consulted in a decision to call off a race, the ultimate responsibility for safety lies with the federation in charge, in these instances, the world skiing governing body FIS.

"It's a bummer that we're not able to race today", Shiffrin said.

Of the weather delays, Paul Kristofic, the women's head alpine coach, said: "Everyone is a little bummed out when a day like this happens, but they do happen, so we're quite used to it".

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.

She is expected to be one of the superstars of the next two weeks, considered a medal favorite in slalom and giant slalom, a strong contender in the combined and a possible entrant in the other two women's individual races, the downhill and super-G.