Olympics: Women's slalom delayed because of high winds


"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".

American star Mikaela Shiffrin is poised to become the first alpine skier to successfully defend an Olympic slalom title.

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.

She is expected to be one of the superstars of the next two weeks, considered a medal favourite 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.

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

France's world champion Tessa Worley showed strong form to beat Rebensburg into second place at the last World Cup giant slalom in Lenzerheide at the end of last month.

On Friday, the rearranged slalom is due to be staged as the men compete in the super-G.

"I've spent a lot of today walking backwards", said British Olympics visitor Elliott Edmonson.

Wendy Holdener became the first Swiss woman in 20 years to finish on the podium in slalom at the World Championships with a second place in 2017. "But with the training block I've had, I'm prepared and feeling good".

"It is definitely unfortunate that we weren't able to race today, but it is important we have a fair race for all of the athletes and today's conditions would definitely not have been fair", Shiffrin said. "We have a great gym and space to eat and take plenty of naps, so I'll use this time to recharge". No one has ever won all five at an Olympic games, man or woman.

Ted Ligety of the USA competes in the Men's Slalom part of the Men's Alpine Combined. 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. Already facing a bit of a time crunch because of all of the weather issues, organizers kept pushing back the first run of the two-run slalom until eventually deciding to call it off about an hour after the start time.