PyeongChang Olympics - Day 5 Wrap / Day 6 Preview

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

She is expected to be one of the superstars of the next two weeks, considered a medal favourite in slalom and giant slalom, a strong contender in the combined and a possible entrant in the other two women's individual races, the downhill and super-G.

It's the third time in four days an alpine skiing race was shelved because gusts made it too unsafe for competition.

Shiffrin is the defending champion in the slalom and will be trying to become the first man or woman to win that Olympic gold twice in a row; she also has claimed three consecutive world titles.

Gusting winds forced the International Ski Federation (FIS) into postponing a third race of the alpine programe after the men's downhill and women's giant slalom were also rescheduled. "If all I did was the slalom, I'd have so much free time I might as well get another job, too", she said.

According to Matt Renoux, our reporter in PyeongChang, it was windy and snowing shortly before the delayed start time.

Each of the first two contests were postponed because of unsafe winds that exceeded 25 miles per hour and the forecast predicts more of the same on today and Wednesday.

The 22-year-old ski slope queen who has confessed to experiencing severe nerves in the past put any worries behind her to clinch gold in the giant slalom on Thursday

"Weather delays and postponements are just the nature of an outdoor sport", said the American, who has racked up 55 victories on the World Cup circuit.

Fierce and howling winds at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have led to safety concerns and thrown the alpine skiing schedule into disarray. Slalom's second run is set for 1:45 p.m. local time (11:45 p.m. ET Wednesday).

- "Roll with punches" -Paul Kristofic, head coach of the USA women's team, said it was just a question of rolling with the punches. Shiffrin will then compete in the slalom on what will be Thursday night Stateside and Friday in the Asian nation.

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.

"My training has been really good in both super-G and giant slalom and I feel like I'm skiing well", he said. And the second thing is: Have a good, fair race.

"We'll continue to take it day by day and I look forward to getting in the start gate!" "So neither of those were achievable today".



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