Men's downhill postponed until Thursday due to wind

Also on Monday, snowboard women's slopestyle final has been delayed due to bad weather.

Since then, Shiffrin has gone on to win gold in the slalom at the World Championships in 2015 and 2017 as well as a silver medal in the giants slalom in 2017.

"We tried to speak to officials but the Olympics put us under pressure to do it today", the Austrian told reporters. "The girls on the podium showed that and that is why they are up there". Officals from the International Ski Federation (FIS) were meeting Monday morning to try to determine a new schedule for the week.

Shiffrin is one of those rare athletes unchanged by her success.

"Got picked up in the wind on the bottom jump in practice and my ACL was not a big fan!" she posted on Instagram. "But with the training block I've had, I'm prepared and feeling good".

"We kind of expected this downhill to be postponed due to wind, but at the same time the guys were charged up and ready to go", said Sasha Rearick, the men's alpine head coach of the United States team.

Chief race director Markus Waldner had flagged the possibility of postponing the downhill as early as Wednesday and contingency plans had been drawn up for an emergency meeting of the race committee to consider.

Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Giant Slalom - Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 12, 2018 - Crew members stand near the finish sign as the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

"The jury has made a decision to switch the official programme and has rescheduled the men's downhill for Thursday, February 15, and the men's super-G on Friday, February 16", FIS said, with the downhill set to start at 0200 GMT.

Austria's Matthias Mayer will attempt to go where no man has gone before on Sunday when he defends his Olympic downhill title in what looks likely to be an open race against a pack of challengers hungry for his crown. If after two men's races and two women's races, the countries are at 2-2, the tiebreaker is the best combined time of each country's fastest man and woman.


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