Women's Slalom Postponed Due to Strong Winds at PyeongChang Games

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The strong winds meant that once again, USA skier Mikaela Shiffrin's first medal race in South Korea would be put off. For the cross-country skiing Annika Taylor made her Olympic debut on Sunday in the Skiathlon and the 24-year-old is looking forward to an improved performance in Thursday's 10km Free race.

"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.

The weather in Pyeongchang, South Korea, appears to have something against Mikaela Shiffrin.

"Mikaela Shiffrin is hard to beat, she can get a medal in the games in every discipline", said Holdener.

He said it was good to finally get the skiing underway after races were delayed for two days due to high winds.

In the men's alpine events, the downhill will be run at 11:30 a.m. Thursday local time (9:30 p.m. ET), and the super-G will start on Friday at 11 a.m. (9 p.m.ET Thursday).

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.

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The committee will also offer refunds to those who are unable to attend the rescheduled competition. She topped the podium in the event at the Sochi Games before she earned her diploma, then added two more world championships in 2015 and 2017.

"I've spent a lot of today walking backwards", said British Olympics visitor Elliott Edmonson. She came in fifth in the giant slalom.

The slalom runs take place Tuesday evening in the USA, and in the early hours of the morning in the United Kingdom and Europe on Wednesday-with the start scheduled for 10:15 a.m. local time.

"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. "She has now been on snow for four straight days with the postponed races".

"It is unfortunate that we weren't able to race today, but it is important we have a fair race for all of the athletes and today's conditions would definitely not have been fair".

"Neither of those were achievable today".

The women's slalom was postponed to Friday because of conditions in Pyeongchang.

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