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

The women's slalom, which was due to take place on Wednesday, was postponed to Friday due to strong winds, the 2018 Winter Olympic's organising committee announced.

"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".

She will have to deal with both a challenging field and potential fatigue, as the women's giant slalom is scheduled for the day before the women's slalom.

The official forecast FIS is using predicts a downturn in temperatures on Thursday, dipping to -14 degrees Celsius (6.8 Fahrenheit) with windchill at the 10:00 am (0100 GMT) start of Thursday's first leg of the giant slalom, with a much decreased wind speed of 14.7km/h.

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

Snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that at Yongpyong on Wednesday.

It's the second time in these Olympics that the event was postponed because of weather.

USA ski star Shiffrin, who became the youngest ever Olympic slalom champion at the age of 18 in Sochi, will have to wait until Wednesday's for her first bid at gold in South Korea.

"The event is something I've been really looking forward to all year, so I hope I can go out and deliver", said Taylor.

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

Shiffrin enters these games in position to enter - and potentially medal - in all five alpine skiing disciplines: downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and alpine combined.

The slalom runs take place Tuesday evening in the US, and in the early hours of the morning in the United Kingdom and Europe on Wednesday-with the start scheduled for 10:15 a.m. local time. Three straight days of racing - and the pomp and circumstance that come with it - would be followed by three downhill training sessions, and then the downhill race on Wednesday, Feb. 20. "Next few days will be important", he said.

Kristofic added, "We've been through days like this before, in World Cup, quite often and the number one thing is safety and the second thing is to have a good, fair race".

On a cold night in Pyeongchang, Norway's hot favorite Maren Lundby, 23, took gold in the women's normal hill with a huge final leap of 110 meters to beat Katharina Althaus. "So neither of those were achievable today".

Latest News