Alpine skiing: Shiffrin won't give up slalom gold easily

For the cross-country skiing Annika Taylor made her Olympic debut on Sunday in the Skiathlon and the 24-year-old is looking forward to an improved performance in Thursday's 10km Free race.

Friday also will be a double-competition day, with the women's slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Center that hosts technical races, and the men's super-G at the Jeongseon Alpine Center speed hill about 30 miles (50 kilometers) away.

As winds hurled snow and debris around on Wednesday afternoon, the sky sometimes looked as if a turbulent (and very dusty) storm cloud had descended upon the earth.

The event will now take place on Friday in Korea, which is Thursday night in mountain time.

"It's a bummer that we're not able to race today", Shiffrin said. "But with the training block I've had, I'm prepared and feeling good".

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. Slalom's second run is set for 1:45 p.m. local time (11:45 p.m. ET Wednesday).

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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. "We have a great gym and space to eat and take plenty of naps, so I'll use this time to recharge".

"Neither of those were really achievable today", Kristofic said.

For now, though, she must wait to get in a starting gate, along with all the other Alpine skiers. No one has ever won all five at an Olympic games, man or woman.

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.

Switzerland's Holdener was second at last year's world championships while Sweden's Hansdotter came in third place. Only the men's Alpine combined, which was held Tuesday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, has been completed. Because wind could again present problems, Waldner said, three of the downhill's four jumps were adjusted so skiers wouldn't fly as high in the air.

Already facing a bit of a time crunch because of all of the weather delays, organizers kept pushing back the first run of the two-run women's slalom until eventually deciding to call it off about an hour after the original start time.

  • Lawrence Cooper