Alpine skiing-Men's downhill postponed due to high winds

Thursday, 15 Feb, 2018

The blue-ribbon event, which traditionally opens the Alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics, will now take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday in place of the Super G with the other men's speed race shifting to Friday.

American Mikaela Shiffrin, reigning world champion Tessa Worley of France and 2010 Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany are three of the top contenders in women's giant slalom. That is something to which she is accustomed: World Cup races frequently are held on consecutive days, and twice this season she went three days in a row.

The women's giant slalom was set to be a historic occasion, as Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press noted it would have been the first time since the 1984 Games in Sarajevo the women competed before the men in the alpine skiing events.

Slalom needs the iciest racing surface, and can run in falling snow and fog that would make the downhill or super-G speed races unsafe.

Course setters are picked randomly and, as luck would have it, Hirscher's own coach, Mike Pircher, was selected for the Olympic slalom's first run. Since that string of podium appearance, she's had five races, finishing no higher than seventh.

Enjoy Alpine combined while you can. The combined, which adds times from one downhill and one slalom, is now the first race for the men and remains slated for Tuesday.

Waldner also said he had a plan to get the men's downhill racers on to the Jeongseon piste on Wednesday but was not able to give full details until it had been approved by the International Olympic Committee.

Delays in the alpine events at an Olympics because of the weather are, of course, nothing new.

Shiffrin has one medal so far.

This one has a 16-nation bracket; each team has two men and two women.

The first run of the giant slalom will now be at 10.00 am local time on Thursday with the second run starting at 1.45 pm, organizers confirmed on Monday evening.

Due to high winds and the weather forecast, the ladies' giant slalom schedule for today (Monday) at Yongpyong Alpine Centre, has been postponed until another day.