Winter Olympics men's downhill postponed due to high winds

Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States speaks during a news conference at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea Saturday Feb. 10 2018

The women's giant slalom, in which the American Shiffrin is among a small group of favorites, was postponed Monday morning (Sunday evening Eastern time) just more than two hours before its scheduled start at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. The combined, which adds times from one downhill and one slalom, is now the first race for the men and remains slated for Tuesday.

Mikaela Shiffrin is ready to win another gold medal! That is even more the case on the World Cup circuit and the racers have learned to be phlegmatic about adjustments to the program.

The men's super-G, originally set for Thursday, has been switched to Friday.

Shiffrin won the slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Two years ago, Kjetil Jansrud of Norway averaged more than 60 miles per hour (100 kph) while winning by 0.20 seconds - a solid winning margin. At last year's world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the two downhills were back to back on the same hill.

Instead, Shiffrin skied off the course three gates from the finish.


At age 31, Phelps ended his career - allegedly - with six more medals, including five golds, in Rio.

Hannes Reichelt will go first when the race does get underway with his fellow Austrian Matthias Mayer, the defending champion, set to go out third.

"We're sure that we will have this competition, but when we look at the forecast they're only able to forecast the wind three days in advance, that's why we're rescheduling to a couple of days later".

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

It is unlike any of the other 10 medal races, which are all individual events.

Laughter rumbled through the room when Waldner asked for a weather forecast for Wednesday, when the women's slalom is scheduled for Yongpyong, only to be met with a single phrase from the local meteorologist. He suggested the women's giant slalom would take place on February 15, but that was still to be confirmed. If after two men's races and two women's races, the countries are at 2-2, the tiebreaker is the best combined time of each country's fastest man and woman.

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