Alpine Skiing

Women's giant slalom postponed due to strong winds

The women's giant slalom has been postponed because of strong wind, the second alpine race called off at the Olympics.

U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin's 1st event on hold, new date not yet announced

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States is among the favourites in women's giant slalom. (Alain Grosclaude/Getty Images)

The Associated Press 

The women's giant slalom featuring American star Mikaela Shiffrin as well as Canada's Valerie Grenier and Candace Crawford has been rescheduled for Thursday, the same day as the men's downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The first two events on the Alpine skiing schedule were postponed because of strong wind. Both will be contested Thursday but on different hills. The women will compete at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre used for technical races, and the men about 50 kilometers away at the Jeongseon Alpine Center used for speed races.

The women's giant slalom, which was supposed to be Shiffrin's debut at these Winter Games, was called off about three hours before it was supposed to begin Monday. The same happened with the men's downhill on Sunday.

Now Shiffrin's first race in South Korea will be Wednesday in the slalom, where she is the defending Olympic champion.


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