Olympics: US ski star Shiffrin adjusts her schedule
Olympics: US ski star Shiffrin adjusts her schedule
Powerful winds delay more Olympic skiing events and force park's closure
14 February, 2018, 17:57
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.
Extreme weather had already pushed the skier's giant slalom effort originally scheduled start in NBC's primetime coverage on Sunday off the books.
The women's giant slalom was to feature 81 skiers, headlined by competition favourite Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States.
According to Matt Renoux, our reporter in PyeongChang, it was windy and snowing shortly before the delayed start time.
"I'm just pretty disappointed with the organizers to make us ride in these conditions", Canadian snowboarder Spencer O'Brien told CBC Sports.
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Shiffrin is also set to race in the alpine combined (downhill and slalom) and may add the super-G and downhill depending on how she is feeling.
"The International Ski Federation (FIS) is used to disruption, by too much wind, too much snow, not enough snow so they are happy at this point".
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.
At Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - a relatively low-lying area near the mountains where alpine and other events are held - the winds were sustaining 22 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon, with higher gusts. 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. Today, the plug was pulled on her title defending slalom outing. It was the second time a women's race was postponed this week.
"I'm not being negative, when FIS says go, we go, and everything can happen in slalom part, but it certainly wasn't the downhill run we wanted".
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