High Winds Keep Mikaela Shiffrin Waiting for Her First Chance at Gold

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If they were unable to run the downhill before Thursday, then it would replace the Super G in the schedule with the other speed race shifting to Friday, now a rest day.

- As 2017 turned into 2018, Mikaela Shiffrin bounced around Europe, giving her passport a workout and at each stop picking up more hardware for the trophy case back home. But in six appearances since that run of perfection, Shiffrin finished third once, seventh twice and not completed the course on three occasions.

In a perhaps not immediately obvious way, postponement of the giant slalom - Shiffrin's second-best event - may serve to further her overall medal prospects here at the PyeongChang Olympics. "The giant slalom is the most competitive for the women", says Rebensburg, with only Italian Deborah Compagnoni having previously won two golds (1994, 1998). The calendar also includes the downhill and super-G, plus what's called a super-combined (racers ski one downhill plus a slalom, fastest combined time wins).

Assuming they're healthy, Shiffrin and Hirscher will be overwhelming favorites for gold. Since that string of podium appearance, she's had five races, finishing no higher than seventh. Will she do it again in the Olympic slalom Tuesday night?

"I'll use this time to continue to train and refocus on Wednesday's slalom race".

Only two men and one woman have won three Alpine skiing gold medals in a single Olympics, and no one has won more than four in a career.

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Jansrud and Alexis Pinturault of France should contend.

"We all know with big wind gusts it's not possible to put on speed races".

The first run of the giant slalom will now be at 10.00 am local time on Thursday with the second run starting at 1.45 pm, organizers confirmed on Monday evening.

Friday had previously been a rest day in the program, which is scheduled to resume on Monday with the women's giant slalom at the Yongpyong venue.

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.

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