Mikaela Shiffrin's PyeongChang wait continues as high winds delay women's slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin's PyeongChang wait continues as high winds delay women's slalom

Fierce and howling winds at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have led to safety concerns and thrown the alpine skiing schedule into disarray.

Shiffrin, 22, is looking to defend her slalom Olympic gold medal from Sochi in 2014, a victory that made her the youngest ever to win gold in the event.

This is the third race that has been moved due to weather.

The rescheduled event will coincide with the men's super giant slalom in Jeongseon. Shiffrin could also become the first US skier to win multiple gold medals in a single alpine skiing event.

According to Matt Renoux, our reporter in PyeongChang, it was windy and snowing shortly before the delayed start time.

The official forecast FIS is using predicts a downturn in temperatures on Thursday, dipping to -14 degrees Celsius (6.8 Fahrenheit) with windchill at the 10:00 am (0100 GMT) start of Thursday's first leg of the giant slalom, with a much decreased wind speed of 14.7km/h.

Tilley was the fifth-fastest skier in the second run at Courchevel in December to finish 13th, her best-ever World Cup finish.

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The men's Super G has been switched to Friday, previously a rest day, to make room for the downhill.

For now, though, she must wait to get in a starting gate, along with all the other Alpine skiers.

"It's a tough decision", said NBC commentator Bode Miller on the Comcast-net on the jury call to not have the slalom competition today.

"Plenty [of time left]".

Among the women who could challenge Shiffrin in the technical races are Switzerland's Wendy Holdener, who claimed silver in the slalom and gold in the Alpine combined event at last year's world championships; Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, owner of three world championship medals in the slalom; and Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, who has won two World Cup slaloms this season.

Men and women shared race days at the 2006 Turin Olympics and 1998 Nagano Olympics, for example. The men have raced only once, the alpine combined that was held despite high winds on Monday night. Another possibility would be to delay the start of the downhill in hopes of calmer conditions and push the slalom back three hours so it would be run under the lights at 6 p.m. local time.

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