Olympic women's slalom postponed to Friday
- Author: Angelo Rivera Feb 14, 2018,
Feb 14, 2018, 17:44
The start of Mikaela Shiffrin's bid for multiple medals at the 2018 Olympics was delayed yet again when the women's slalom was postponed from Wednesday to Friday in South Korea because of strong winds.
On February 4, Shiffrin tweeted she could not wait for her first event, but all Shiffrin has done is wait as high winds have caused several events be postponed. Rather than being postponed, that event was run after a delay.
That super-G was originally scheduled for Thursday but was pushed to Friday once the men's downhill was moved. The giant slalom is now scheduled for Thursday in PyeongChang, so Shiffrin will be competing on back-to-back days.
The committee will also offer refunds to those who are unable to attend the rescheduled competition. She also took gold at the 2017 World Championships in the slalom and has drawn comparisons to Michael Phelps for her incredible dominance in the event.
Shiffrin has never reached the podium in a World Cup Super-G race.
"It was a long and hard day today", said the former Norwegian racer, twice a super-G world champion. Slalom's second run is set for 1:45 p.m. local time (11:45 p.m. ET Wednesday).
Organisers were hopeful the women's slalom could be staged this morning before conditions began to worsen.
While some skiers, like Mikaela Shriffin of the USA, 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.
"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.
"We'll continue to take it day by day and I look forward to getting in the start gate!"
Kristofic added, "We've been through days like this before, in World Cup, quite often and the number one thing is safety and the second thing is to have a good, fair race".
The official forecast FIS is using predicts a downturn in temperatures on Thursday, dipping to -14 degrees Celsius (6.8 Fahrenheit) with windchill at the 10:00 am (0100 GMT) start of Thursday's first leg of the giant slalom, with a much decreased wind speed of 14.7km/h. "So neither of those were achievable today".