Mikaela Shiffrin's Olympics Debut Blown Off Schedule For NBC, Again
17:42, Feb 14, 2018
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Update: High winds have postponed this event until Thursday morning Korea time.
The women's slalom, which was due to take place on Wednesday, was postponed to Friday due to strong winds, the 2018 Winter Olympic's organising committee announced. Swiss standout Wendy Holdener finished second behind Shiffrin at the 2017 championships and earned gold in the combined event, showcasing her all-around talent.
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. (The defending champion, Tina Maze of Slovenia, is retired.) Another contender is Tessa Worley of France.
"Well, it compresses the schedule, so it makes for a more hectic five, six days as we approach into the speed events", USA women's head coach Paul Kristofic said.
"The event is something I've been really looking forward to all year, so I hope I can go out and deliver", said Taylor.
Female Alpine skiers aren't the only ones who have dealt with weather issues at the 2018 Olympics.
On Friday, the rearranged slalom is due to be staged as the men compete in the super-G.
Video of the slalom hill showed that it was a complete whiteout, making the decision to put off the event look wise.
Charlie Guest will need to wait two more days to make her Olympic debut while Alex Tilley will be in action tomorrow if conditions allow the already-rescheduled Giant Slalom to take place.
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. According to Rubinroit, Shiffrin could become the first woman to capture back-to-back golds in the slalom.
"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".
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.
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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