Olympic Alpine Skiing Schedule 2018

In Pyeongchang, High Winds Are No Breeze for Athletes

The postponements will compress the schedule for Alpine skiing, which has 10 events remaining, into just 10 days.

Mikaela Shiffrin's pursuit of gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics will start on a different day than everyone expected - and in a different event, the slalom, which is her forte. According to the Denver Post, Sunday's giant slalom was re-scheduled for Wednesday meaning Shiffrin would finally begin competition on Wednesday if all goes as planned. Since then, she's been the queen of the slalom. (The defending champion, Tina Maze of Slovenia, is retired.) Another contender is Tessa Worley of France.

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. "Next few days will be important", he said.

Shiffrin was supposed to get started with the giant slalom on Monday; that race was rescheduled for Thursday and will now be her first at these Winter Games.

Alpine events have now been delayed three times this week due to weather; the women's 15 km biathlon event was also postponed today.

Video of the slalom hill showed that it was a complete whiteout, making the decision to put off the event look wise.

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

That super-G was originally scheduled for Thursday but was pushed to Friday once the men's downhill was moved.

While some skiers, like Mikaela Shriffin of the US, will have to compete in back-to-back days because of the postponements, it seems like the safe call to keep athletes out of whiteout conditions as they fly down the mountain.

"It was a long and hard day today", said the former Norwegian racer, twice a super-G world champion.

"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".

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.

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