Women's slalom latest race postponed as wind blows away Olympic alpine schedule

Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China perform in the pair figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung

It's the third time in four days an Alpine skiing race was shelved because gusts made it too risky for competition.

High winds have wreaked havoc with the PyeongChang skiing schedule, pushing this race from the weekend into Wednesday.

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. Wednesday's slalom has been moved to Friday.

"We've been through this before in the World Cup quite often", said USA coach Paul Kristofic.

"The No. 1 thing is safety".

Wednesday's postponement means that Shiffrin could now potentially compete on back-to-back-to-back days should she elect to enter in the Super G on Saturday.

Men and women shared race days at the 2006 Turin Olympics and 1998 Nagano Olympics, for example.

Shiffrin has won 41 World Cup events, 30 in the slalom.

Now that task just got more challenging.

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Strong winds buffeted the Rainbow course in Yongpyong, forcing organisers to delay the start then call it off altogether.

"It compresses the schedule so it makes it a much more hectic five to six days as we approach the speed events", Kristofic said.

Said Shiffrin's coach, Mike Day: "It's a very heavy load".

Frida Hansdotter, 32, of Sweden is a consistent podium finisher, even if she only has four World Cup slalom wins to her name.

Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait to make her highly anticipated debut in Pyeongchang as she's set to compete for the U.S.as a favorite to win gold.

Keep an eye on the women's slalom. The wind gusts have been strong enough to push people around; by evening, metal detectors outside venues and all signage were laid down on the ground, to prevent them from being picked up by the gusts. No one really wants to see that.

Hirscher said: "It was an awesome downhill, I think it was my best downhill ever".

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.

It may well have affected the outcome of the men's combined - one run of downhill, one run of slalom - when course officials lowered the start and made course adjustments to decrease the amount of "air" coming over jumps on the downhill course because of the wind.

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