The windy conditions at Pyeongchang are wreaking havoc on the Olympics

Tricia Pearson
February 14, 2018

The women's slalom event at the 2018 Olympic Games was postponed Wednesday because of risky winds.

Shiffrin, a favorite in the slalom - she won gold in that event in 2014 - is now slated to race that event on Friday.

Shiffrin, who won Olympic slalom gold in Sochi at the age of 18 - a year after bagging the first of her world titles, was accepting of the strongs winds that have been buffeting the Jeongseon and Yongpyong ski sites for the Pyeongchang Games.

This is the second time that the organising committee has rescheduled the alpine skiing competition due to bad weather.

Today's ladies' Slalom was delayed twice and then finally postponed until Friday due to adverse weather conditions at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

On Saturday, the men's downhill skiing was postponed because of windy conditions.

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The wind gusts have been strong enough to push people around; by evening, metal detectors outside venues and all signage were laid down on the ground, to prevent them from being picked up by the gusts.

Earlier this week in the women's slopestyle event, several riders were critical that racing was held in adverse conditions, with one Dutch snowboarder insisting the competition was a lottery.

Tuesday's race came one day before the 12-year anniversary of his gold medal win the combined in Turin, which he said felt like both a recent event and in distant past. Slalom's second run is set for 1:45 p.m. local time (11:45 p.m. ET Wednesday).

"It is unfortunate that we weren't able to race today, but it is important we have a fair race for all of the athletes", said Shiffrin, who could realistically target at least four medals in Pyeongchang.

Already facing a bit of a time crunch because of all of the weather delays, organizers kept pushing back the first run of the two-run women's slalom until eventually deciding to call it off about an hour after the original start time. Prior to these Games, there were some who suggested that Shiffrin could possibly be the first skier to medal in all five disciplines in the same Olympics. "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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