Olympic men's downhill postponed amid strong wind

AP: Olympic men's downhill postponed because of strong wind

As a result, the men's Super-G race originally scheduled for Thursday has been moved to Friday.

There were reasons besides the forecast for moving the men's downhill four days later in the week.

Weather permitting, Waldner said on Thursday, the race would be run on Monday at noon local time (0300 GMT), between the two runs of the women's giant slalom at the other Alpine venue in Yongpyong. They are set for early Monday and Wednesday here, which will be Sunday and Tuesday nights in the United States.

Weather disruptions are commonplace in Alpine skiing both on the World Cup circuit and at the Olympics, and organisers always give themselves plenty of room for adjustments.

"Due to the strong wind and unfavourable forecast for today, the men's downhill is postponed", the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced.

The wind conditions meant it was impossible for the gondala to transport the skiers up to the top of the course safely. That could level the playing field, so to speak, and bring favorites like Shiffrin back to the pack if they have bad luck with the elements. The high level of risk for athletes produces high reward, as it has fans squirming in their seats as athletes squeeze past the gates.

"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 USA team. "With this being an outdoor sport, it is not abnormal".

Rearick said racers now have to "harness (energy), stay relaxed, and then be able to ramp back up".

The event, which was scheduled for Saturday night, will take place at a future date to be determined.

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