Olympics Women's Slalom Featuring Mikaela Shiffrin Postponed Due to Weather

Olympics Women's Slalom Featuring Mikaela Shiffrin Postponed Due to Weather

Olympics Women's Slalom Featuring Mikaela Shiffrin Postponed Due to Weather

Two-time Olympic gold medalist American Ted Ligety missed the podium but said his fifth place finish in Tuesday's Alpine combined has given him a boost in confidence ahead of his giant slalom and super-G races at the Pyeongchang Games.

The women's event was scheduled to start at Yongpyong Alpine Centre in PyeongChang, 180 kilometres east of Seoul, at 10:15 a.m on Monday but the organisers chose to postpone the event due to high winds and bad weather.

"Weather delays and postponements are just the nature of an outdoor sport", said the American, who has racked up 55 victories on the World Cup circuit.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea-Winter weather at the Winter Olympics is to be expected.

The giant slalom would have been Shiffrin's much-anticipated debut at these Winter Games.

Alpine events have now been delayed three times this week due to weather; the women's 15 km biathlon event was also postponed today.

The committee will also offer refunds to those who are unable to attend the rescheduled competition.

The dominant figure in the technical events on the women's World Cup circuit, in which she heads the overall standings with 10 wins, including five in slalom, the 22-year-old is a strong favorite.

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"We hope we can have races under decent, acceptable conditions".

The latest schedule change came Monday, when the temperature was 5 degrees and the women's giant slalom was shelved less than three hours before it was supposed to start.

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.

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Skaardal added that FIS had "a very good opportunity" of hosting the two women's races on "favourable days for the forecast". "So that's something we're considering as we move forward".

"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.

"I am pretty sure that soon, we will have a race", men's race director Markus Waldner said Monday. "The No. 1 thing is safety and the second is having a good, fair race, and neither one of those were achievable today..."

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