Mikaela Shiffrin Schedule: Rescheduled Event Delays Debut Again

In Pyeongchang, High Winds Are No Breeze for Athletes

Powerful winds delay more Olympic skiing events and force park's closure

The women's slalom, which was due to take place on Wednesday, was postponed to Friday due to strong winds, the 2018 Winter Olympic's organising committee announced.

"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.

Extreme weather had already pushed the skier's giant slalom effort originally scheduled start in NBC's primetime coverage on Sunday off the books.

Wednesday, February 14 Women's Slalom TBD Thursday, February 15 Women's Slalom TBD Friday, February 16 Women's Super-G 9 p.m.

The women's giant slalom was to feature 81 skiers, headlined by competition favourite Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States.

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.

"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", said Shiffrin, who could realistically target at least four medals in Pyeongchang.

She will have to deal with both a challenging field and potential fatigue, as the women's giant slalom is scheduled for the day before the women's slalom.

"When you have gusty winds like that, it is hard to have a fair race, and the weather forecast called for winds to increase throughout the afternoon, right around our proposed start time for both runs, so that was a red flag for officials as well".

"I'm just pretty disappointed with the organizers to make us ride in these conditions", Canadian snowboarder Spencer O'Brien told CBC Sports.

On Wednesday at Yongpyong, snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that.

"The No. 1 thing is safety".

"I've spent a lot of today walking backwards", said British Olympics visitor Elliott Edmonson.

Skaardal added that FIS had "a very good opportunity" of hosting the two women's races on "favourable days for the forecast".

This seems to be somewhat of a victory lap for Shiffrin, who has dominated this event for years and hasn't found her equal on the global stage.

Seth Rubinroit of NBC Olympics noted Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic slalom champion in Sochi and proceeded to sweep the ensuing slalom gold medals at the World Championships.

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