Olympic women's slalom postponed to Friday


Olympic women's slalom postponed to Friday

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is not yet concerned about disruption to the Olympic programme after strong winds led Monday to a second alpine ski event being postponed.

On a cold night in Pyeongchang, Norway's hot favorite Maren Lundby, 23, took gold in the women's normal hill with a huge final leap of 110 meters to beat Katharina Althaus. Defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin of United States can become the first Alpine skier, male or female, to win successive Olympic gold medals in the slalom. Cold, windy conditions make the cross-country skiing hard enough, but it has most affected the shooting portion of the event.According to The Associated Press, unlike other events, the biathlon doesn't have any mechanisms to boring the wind.

"The federation is used to running these events, they run them throughout the season", Adams said.

Emily Dreissigacker of the U.S. said she could feel the wind pushing the barrel of her rifle while shooting. "The girls on the podium showed that and that is why they are up there".

"The first priority for FIS is the safety of the athletes and FIS would never stage a competition if this could not be assured", it said in a statement.

In very windy conditions, the gondola closes down.

Australian snowboarder Tess Coady, however, was left contemplating a lengthy period of recuperation on Monday after suffering a serious knee injury in practice on Sunday. Only the men's Alpine combined, which was held Tuesday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, has been completed.

"The event is something I've been really looking forward to all year, so I hope I can go out and deliver", said Taylor. Slalom's second run is set for 1:45 p.m. local time (11:45 p.m. ET Wednesday).

Breitfuss will compete again on Friday, February 16, in Super Giant Slalom and will close his performance in giant slalom on Saturday, February 17, while his teammate Timo Juhani Gronlund, 30, will compete in cross-country skiing.

The men's Super G has been switched to Friday, previously a rest day, to make room for the downhill.

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.

The Alpine skiing at the 1998 Games in Nagano was heavily disrupted by heavy snow and rain and the men's downhill was rescheduled three times.

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



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