Olympic men's downhill postponed because of strong wind

Olympic men's downhill postponed because of strong wind

Olympic men's downhill postponed because of strong wind

With temperatures constantly falling, the PyeongChang games are looking to be the coldest Olympics on record. But for all the things that threatened to trip up these Games, including nuclear tensions and a norovirus outbreak, it is wicked winds that are proving the most disruptive.

Now the first race of the Alpine program will be the women's giant slalom on Monday which will feature US Olympic favorite Mikaela Shiffrin.

"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.

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

The blue riband event, which traditionally opens the Alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics, will now take place at 11 am local time (0200 GMT) on Thursday in place of the Super G with the other men's speed race shifting to Friday.

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"I'll use this time to continue to train and re-focus on Wednesday's slalom race". She admits that the last four years have passed in a haze. Her last race before the Olympics was January 28 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, where she was competing in the slalom, the race she dominates more than any other, the one in which she won gold at the 2014 Olympics.

Instead, Shiffrin skied off the course three gates from the finish. Even worse and more startling, she failed to finish three races.

Shiffrin has steadily improved in the giant slalom. She has not said. The two-time medalist also plans to compete in the combined and the downhill. All the same, conditions here remain ferocious.

"It's impossible, for sure", he said, adding, "Some days you have to stay - not in bed - but you have to stay home".

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