Powerful winds delay more Olympic skiing events and force park's closure

Thomas Dressen

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.

Both the women's and men's alpine skiing events were postponed earlier this week as wind gusts reached 45 miles per hour, making it unsafe for the athletes to compete.

It's the second time in these Olympics that the event was postponed because of weather.

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. North Korea's Kim Ryon-hyang was also set to make her debut.

The postponement of the women's slalom, which will now take place on Friday, meant three of the four Alpine events scheduled so far have not taken place on their original date.

Saturday night's men's downhill race and the women's giant slalom were both also moved.

The 22-year-old American is expected to be one of the superstars of the next two weeks, considered a medal favorite in slalom and giant slalom, a strong contender in the combined and a possible entrant in the other two women's individual races, the downhill and super-G.

Kim Cattrall calls SJP's message of condolence 'cruel' and 'exploiting'
The accompanying caption to the message-driven image accused Parker of "exploiting" the tragedy as a crass attempt at image rehab. Cattrall then shared a link to an article by the New York Post which looks at the history of the tensions between the two women.

Record-breaking photos from the far reaches of space
The new images released by NASA on Thursday were captured by New Horizons when the spacecraft was more than 6.12 billion km away. The Kuiper belt object flyby is "not almost as flashy as Pluto", Porter said , but "it's a really unique observation".

CAS rejects appeals of 13 Russians on eve of Olympics
Among the complainants is the cross-country skier Alexander Legkov, a crowned Olympic champion at the 2014 Sochi Games. They're now seeking to force the International Olympic Committee to invite them to the Pyeongchang Games.

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

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

"It's a bummer that we're not able to race today", Shiffrin said.

The slalom runs take place Tuesday evening in the US, and in the early hours of the morning in the United Kingdom and Europe on Wednesday-with the start scheduled for 10:15 a.m. local time.

Friday is predicted to be even colder (-16C), with the start of the slalom due to kick off with winds of 25km/h, according to the Korea Metrological Administration.

- "Roll with punches" -Paul Kristofic, head coach of the USA women's team, said it was just a question of rolling with the punches. Three straight days of racing - and the pomp and circumstance that come with it - would be followed by three downhill training sessions, and then the downhill race on Wednesday, Feb. 20. And the second thing is: Have a good, fair race.

"Neither of those were achievable today".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Armed fan who broke into YouTuber's home was shot dead by police
Feb 14, 2018 - 17:42
Kotaku reports that the pair hid in a closet during the incident, from which they called the authorities. The search revealed Giles "was an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Omarosa Just Called Mike Pence "Scary" On 'Celebrity Big Brother'
Feb 14, 2018 - 17:40
Shannon recognizes that Omarosa's asthma attack was real, but realizes that it doesn't hurt to play it up a little bit. What!? Please go away.' She said , 'What? Omarosa - shockingly! - urged the housemates to grant Keshia's request .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top American luger Emily Sweeney in horror crash at Winter Olympics
Feb 14, 2018 - 17:36
According to the Associated Press , track workers tweaked the curve in the past year to make it a little more manageable. Sweeney hit the turn at over 60 miles per hour , trying to use her feet to slow down her descent, but to no avail.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Disney World and Disneyland Are Raising Prices Once Again
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:24
Ticket prices at Walt Disney World in Orlando and at Disneyland in California are increasing, company officials said Sunday. Disney tickets broke the $100 mark three years ago, when single-day Magic Kingdom prices were upped $4, from $99 to $105.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Eminent lawyer, rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:24
She graduated from Lahore's Kinnaird College for Women and in 1978 received a law degree at Punjab University, also in Lahore. Bar associations across Pakistan said they will observe three days of mourning and not partake in court proceedings.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Colts make Reich head coach
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:24
Oh, and just so there's no confusion this time around, the Colts actually tweeted out a picture of Reich signing his contract. He rose quickly through the ranks and helped mastermind the Eagles' Super Bowl victory last week over New England.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Liverpool cruise to win at Southampton to return to third place
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:19
Van Dijk actually missed the win over City and made his league debut against Swansea, but things didn't go according to plan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Scotland edge out France at Murrayfield
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:19
France has started with back-to-back defeats after losing to Ireland 15-13 in Paris last week thanks to an injury-time drop goal. Townsend was shocked by their performance and it is no surprise the team to face France features plenty of changes.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Yes, I'll Speak To Virgil van Dijk Ahead of Southampton Return
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:02
It will not be a normal game, how can it be? How can it be? Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? "It's how football fans are". That is the only thing we have to plan around but that is because he had an injury, like we do with Adam Lallana.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iowa vs Ohio State basketball
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:01
The Breslin Center will be rocking and an emotional Tom Izzo, honoring Jud Heathcote, will help spark his team to a big win. Bates-Diop was way too much for Iowa last time out and there's not much of a reason why that trend won't continue tonight.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Omarosa says she was 'haunted by tweets'
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:01
She added that the one thing she learned in politics is that you always have to watch your back, and sometimes your front. Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman says the country is not going to be OK.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top How to use the new Snapchat update
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:00
You'll then need to download an Android File Explorer app to find the file on your phone, which you can then install. The best way to prevent this update is to simply turn off the automatic app updates in the smartphone's settings.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kia Mohave showcased at Auto Expo 2018
Feb 11, 2018 - 04:59
Tata Motors is showcasing two of the 2018 Auto Expo's hottest vehicle concepts - the 45X premium hatchback and the H5X 5 seat SUV. At the event, Honda Cars India said that it will introduce three new models in the Indian market during the next fiscal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Idris Elba gets engaged to Sabrina Dhowre
Feb 11, 2018 - 04:56
He's a father to 15-year old daughter Isan with ex Kim and he has a three year old son Winston with his ex girlfriend Naiyana Garth .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top It's the Russians who should be apologizing in Pyeongchang
Feb 11, 2018 - 04:55
CAS also concluded there was no evidence the two International Olympic Committee panels "improperly exercised their discretion". The IOC had been taking nothing for granted on Friday following a separate CAS ruling earlier this month which saw it defeated.