Mikaela Shiffrin's debut at PyeongChang Olympics has been postponed again

In Pyeongchang, High Winds Are No Breeze for Athletes

Powerful winds delay more Olympic skiing events and force park's closure

Of course, that's assuming they ever get around to doing any racing at all in Alpine skiing.

If the winds die down, the gold medal is set to be decided at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre, with reigning champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States hotly tipped to prevail.

"I don't think anyone can say for sure (high winds) caused this accident but I think it certainly needs to be reviewed", he said on Monday. Rather than being postponed, that event was run after a delay.

The women have yet to race in PyeongChang.

The men's downhill, which was supposed to open Alpine skiing on Sunday, also was shifted to Thursday, when the forecast calls for a lessening of the swirling and blustery winds that have been creating problems.

After several delays in the schedule, the event was eventually called off as the hurricane-like winds made it impossible for the athletes, including the U.S. rising star Mikaela Shiffrin, to compete in such weather conditions, reports Efe. She has now been on snow for four straight days with the postponed races.

"We've been through days like this before, in the World Cup, quite often and the number one thing is safety and the second thing is to have a good, fair race".

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The giant slalom will also now be Friday so the events will be back to back.

Shiffrin won the slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Games.

For now, though, she must wait to get in a starting gate, along with all the other Alpine skiers. Now, with the big time difference between the US and South Korea, the giant slalom is set to be seen in primetime in America on Wednesday.

"Plenty [of time left]".

It is unusual, but hardly unprecedented, for men and women to have races pushed onto the same day at a major competition because of bad weather. 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. At last year's world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the two downhills were back-to-back on the same hill.

"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".

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