Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
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Mikaela Shiffrin's PyeongChang wait continues as high winds delay women's slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin's PyeongChang wait continues as high winds delay women's slalom

The strong winds meant that once again, US skier Mikaela Shiffrin's first medal race in South Korea would be put off.

The women's event was scheduled to start at Yongpyong Alpine Centre in PyeongChang, 180 kilometres east of Seoul, at 10:15 a.m on Monday but the organisers made a decision to postpone the event due to high winds and bad weather.

"It's pretty insane to think that it was 12 years ago since my first Olympic event and at the same time it does feel like yesterday if I think about it".

In the latest weather forecast, the wind chill was expected to bring temperatures down as low as negative 20 Celsius at Yongpyong Alpine Centre, with wind speeds reaching four meters per second as of 9 a.m.

Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait to make her highly anticipated debut in Pyeongchang as she's set to compete for the U.S.as a favorite to win gold.

This is the third race that has been moved due to weather.

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.

The committee will also offer refunds to those who are unable to attend the rescheduled competition.


Seth Rubinroit of NBC Olympics noted Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic slalom champion in Sochi and proceeded to sweep the ensuing slalom gold medals at the World Championships.

"I've spent a lot of today walking backwards", said British Olympics visitor Elliott Edmonson.

"It's a bummer that we're not able to race today", Shiffrin said.

While some skiers, like Mikaela Shriffin of the US, will have to compete in back-to-back days because of the postponements, it seems like the safe call to keep athletes out of whiteout conditions as they fly down the mountain. And the second thing is: Have a good, fair race.

"Well, it compresses the schedule, so it makes for a more hectic five, six days as we approach into the speed events", USA women's head coach Paul Kristofic said.

"Things are compacted now but we still have sufficient days and the ability to use both venues on the same day".

Extreme weather had already pushed the skier's giant slalom effort originally scheduled start in NBC's primetime coverage on Sunday off the books.

"Neither of those were achievable today".

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