Mikaela Shiffrin Begins Gold Chase

Mikaela Shiffrin Begins Gold Chase

Mikaela Shiffrin Begins Gold Chase

American superstar skier Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait another day to make her debut at the PyeongChang Olympics after high winds postponed the women's slalom until Friday morning (Thursday night in the United States).

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. Kristofic said he is "optimistic" about the weather on Thursday, saying the wind is supposed to die down and the course is in "perfect condition".

This is the third time the organizing committee has rescheduled an alpine skiing competition due to inclement weather.

Wendy Holdener became the first Swiss woman in 20 years to finish on the podium in slalom at the World Championships with a second place in 2017.

Atle Skaardal, chief race director for women's FIS races, said he was optimistic of staging both the giant slalom and slalom on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Extreme weather had already pushed the skier's giant slalom effort originally scheduled start in NBC's primetime coverage on Sunday off the books.

"I wish you all good luck tomorrow and us as well, I hope we can have a great race day on the hill", Skaardal signed off to the captains of the women's teams in Yongpyong.

She will have to deal with both a challenging field and potential fatigue, as the women's giant slalom is scheduled for the day before the women's slalom.

A large crowd had gathered well ahead of the original start time for Wednesday's race, and American fans were out in force to see Shiffrin, one of four United States starters in the field of 83.

The slalom is a race Shiffrin has dominated for five years, including her Olympic gold as a teenager and three consecutive world titles.

Earlier this week in the women's slopestyle event, several riders were critical that racing was held in adverse conditions, with one Dutch snowboarder insisting the competition was a lottery.

"Due to very strong wind gusts, the programme is delayed", the International Ski Federation said.

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