Winter Olympics 2018: Weather in Pyeongchang postpones women's slalom for second time

Kristopher Nichols
February 14, 2018

Biathletes have also said the wind has made the shooting portion of the event hard, with only three of 86 women hitting all 10 targets in a race on Saturday.

"If the wind continues to blow for then next 15 days it might be a problem but at present everything is okay", IOC Presidential spokesperson Mark Adams said. She came in fifth in the giant slalom.

As superstar compatriot Lindsey Vonn goes for gold in the women's super-G event, American skiing fans will be expecting a big performance from Shiffrin to supplement the nation's medal haul.

Shiffrin has developed into one of her sport's most recognisable figures, catapulted to stardom at Sochi 2014 as she snatched the gold medal as an 18-year-old.

Shiffrin will now make her Pyeongchang debut on Wednesday in the slalom, in which she is the defending Olympic champion.

"Everyone is a little bummed out when a day like this happens, but they do happen, so we're quite used to it".

The slalom event rewards technical skiing as competitors zig-zag their way down the mountain.

Sung Baik-you, spokesman for the local organizing committee POCOG, said the safety of the athletes was of the "utmost importance" in any discussions about re-scheduling.

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Norway, Austria, and the United States have won this event a record two times at the Olympic Winter Games.

"They were looking at how strong the wind is, visibility and fairness of course", Kristofic said.

That super-G was originally scheduled for Thursday but was pushed to Friday once the men's downhill was moved.

Wednesday's slalom program was made up of runs one and two.

The wind also delayed the finish of the men's ski jumping.

Slovakia's Petra Vlhova won in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in the last World Cup race before the Winter Games, and has been a skier to watch since her junior days.

Austria has not won a men's combination event at the Olympic Winter Games since Mario Reiter won on February 13, 1998, in Nagano. 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.

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