Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Second Alpine postponement means Shiffrin starts with slalom

Second Alpine postponement means Shiffrin starts with slalom

Should she secure gold, she would become the first Alpine skier to successfully defend an Olympic slalom title, following her success in Sochi.

The start of Mikaela Shiffrin's bid for multiple medals at the 2018 Olympics was delayed yet again when the women's slalom was postponed from Wednesday to Friday because of strong winds. As of now, she would have zero days in between, racing three days in a row from Thursday through Saturday.

After twice pushing back the start time for the first run of the slalom at Yongpyong Alpine Centre, officials made a decision to postpone Wednesday's race to Friday, meaning American star Mikaela Shiffrin must wait another day to begin her Olympics.

The postponements will compress the schedule for Alpine skiing, which has 10 events remaining, into just 10 days. "That's something we will consider moving forward". "It's a consideration, absolutely".

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The latest schedule change came Monday, when the temperature was 5 degrees and the women's giant slalom was shelved less than three hours before it was supposed to start. 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. "Next few days will be important", he said.

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

Friday also will be a double-competition day, with the women's slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Center that hosts technical races, and the men's super-G at the Jeongseon Alpine Center speed hill about 30 miles (50 kilometers) away. "We roll with the punches and make the best of the situation and try to prepare the best we can for the next day".

While giant slalom lacks the raw speed of the downhill and super-G, the technique shown by the skiers as they carve their way down the slope can be breathtaking.

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On Wednesday at Yongpyong, snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that. "The No. 1 thing is safety and the second is having a good, fair race, and neither one of those were achievable today". Shiffrin can become the first skier to win five slalom events at the Olympic Winter Games and World Championships.

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

Whenever she does get to head down the hill through the gates, the 22-year-old American will be attempting to become the first athlete to win the slalom at two Winter Games in a row.

Rebensburg has three World Cup giant slalom wins to Shiffrin's two this season.

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As superstar compatriot Lindsey Vonn goes for gold in the women's super-G event, American skiing fans will be expecting a big performance from Shiffrin to supplement the nation's medal haul.

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