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Bad weather forces rescheduling of women's giant slalom event at PyeongChang

Bad weather forces rescheduling of women's giant slalom event at PyeongChang

Both the women's and men's alpine skiing events were postponed earlier this week as wind gusts reached 45 miles per hour, making it unsafe for the athletes to compete.

The strong winds meant that once again, US skier Mikaela Shiffrin's first medal race in South Korea would be put off.

The women's slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre was postponed on Wednesday morning and the scheduled women's individual biathlon event at Alpensia has been put back a day to Thursday.

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. (The defending champion, Tina Maze of Slovenia, is retired.) Another contender is Tessa Worley of France.

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".

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.

As winds hurled snow and debris around on Wednesday afternoon, the sky sometimes looked as if a turbulent (and very dusty) storm cloud had descended upon the earth. "That will make six days in a row when we complete the slalom".

That super-G was originally scheduled for Thursday but was pushed to Friday once the men's downhill was moved. And the second thing is: Have a good, fair race.

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

This seems to be somewhat of a victory lap for Shiffrin, who has dominated this event for years and hasn't found her equal on the global stage.

However, she grabbed the silver in the event at the 2017 World Championships, and she can be optimistic of scoring two gold medals if she finds her strongest form.


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