Women's slalom postponed, third event moved due to weather

Women's slalom postponed, third event moved due to weather

Shiffrin would also become the first American skier to win multiple gold medals in a single Alpine event.

Snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that at Yongpyong on Wednesday. Officials sent notice that all activities at Gangneung's Olympic Park were suspended "to ensure the safety of all personnel".

At Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - a relatively low-lying area near the mountains where alpine and other events are held - the winds were sustaining 22 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon, with higher gusts.

Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, said organizers were not concerned about the schedule.

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"We don't see great changes for tomorrow or Wednesday", men's chief race director Markus Waldner said at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. The event was moved to 10:00 a.m. Thursday.

Today's ladies' Slalom was delayed twice and then finally postponed until Friday due to adverse weather conditions at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

Earlier this week in the women's slopestyle event, several riders were critical that racing was held in adverse conditions, with one Dutch snowboarder insisting the competition was a lottery. Rather than being postponed, that event was run after a delay. Both were postponed because of wind. "I hope that this race [the Skiathlon] just blew the cobwebs away a little bit and I can go and enjoy that race [10km free] and fight back a little bit".

"We do a really unsafe sport and this was really not a showcase of what these women can do", she added.

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"We'll continue to take it day by day and I look forward to getting in the start gate!"

Shiffrin originally 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. Biesemeyer was taken to a medical clinic where he was treated and released.

It is unusual, but hardly unprecedented, for men and women to have races pushed onto the same day at a major competition because of bad weather.

Alpine skiing race directors have had contingency plans in place for several days after receiving the forecasts of the high winds and on Monday appeared resigned to two more days of battling the elements.

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