wnol.info March 24 2018

Olympics Women's Giant Slalom Canceled Because of High Winds

March 24 2018, 07:41 | Van Peters

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With the men's downhill postponed because of whipping wind Sunday, it'll be the women — and, notably, US star Mikaela Shiffrin — who get their first chance in more than 30 years to open the Alpine skiing show at the Olympics.

Any delay to the 11.30 am (0230 GMT) start time would immediately trigger a decision to run the slalom element of the combined event under lights as a night race at 6 pm (0900 GMT), Waldner said.

"I think the mistakes will come from pushing too hard, because when it becomes difficult to win, guys try to take too much risk to try to gain that little bit extra", said Bode Miller, the most-decorated American Olympic skier, who is working as a broadcaster during the Games. She admits that the last four years have passed in a haze. She sits third in the World Cup giant slalom standings behind Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg and France's Tessa Worley, and she has two giant slalom victories this World Cup season.

Officials called off the race about three hours before it was supposed to begin, then later announced they were rescheduling the downhill for Thursday, and shifting the men's super-G from that day to Friday.

Shiffrin won the slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Games. The men's downhill frequently serves up a surprise, but world champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland and 2010 silver medalist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway are popular picks. She won the most recent slalom on January 28 when Shiffrin DNFd. "But the reality is Mikaela is the best racer out here".

Making its Olympic debut, the Alpine team event puts parallel racing in the Olympics. Shiffrin could match the individual medals over the next week or so. He suggested the women's giant slalom would take place on February 15, but that was still to be confirmed.

The schedule for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics was similarly impacted by poor course conditions and bad weather at Whistler with the men's downhill postponed by two days.

She went to the 2017 world championships heavily favored again in slalom but also seen as a contender for a giant slalom medal because of her improvement in that discipline.

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