Another day, another delay for Shiffrin, other Alpine skiers


After twice pushing back the start time for the first run of the slalom at Yongpyong Alpine Centre, officials chose to postpone Wednesday's race to Friday, meaning American star Mikaela Shiffrin must wait another day to begin her Olympics.

Martin Fourcade of France put the disappointment of eighth in Sunday's biathlon sprint event behind him to win the men's 12.5km pursuit.

It said the event will start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with the second run slated for 1:15 p.m. on the same day, reports Yonhap news agency.

This means Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait for her 2018 Olympic debut. again.

It's the third time in four days an alpine skiing race was shelved because gusts made it too unsafe for competition.

The Colorado-born talent is set to also ski in the giant slalom on Thursday after the event was postponed due to high winds, and there is a chance the rescheduling could affect her preparations and performance.

Based on the sport's original 11-event program for South Korea, Shiffrin would have raced on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in Week 1, with full days off to help in the transition from her preferred technical events of slalom and giant slalom to the speed events.

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The committee will also offer refunds to those who are unable to attend the rescheduled competition.

"My training has been really good in both super-G and giant slalom and I feel like I'm skiing well", he said.

"It's a bummer that we're not able to race today", Shiffrin told NBC Sports. I'll use this time to continue to train and refocus on Wednesday's slalom race. "Next few days will be important", he said.

Should she secure gold, she would become the first Alpine skier to successfully defend an Olympic slalom title, following her success in Sochi. "So that's something we're considering as we move forward".

While some skiers, like Mikaela Shriffin of the US, will have to compete in back-to-back days because of the postponements, it seems like the safe call to keep athletes out of whiteout conditions as they fly down the mountain.

The women's slalom was postponed to Friday because of conditions in Pyeongchang.

"We've been through days like this before, in the World Cup, quite often and the number one thing is safety and the second thing is to have a good, fair race. So neither of those were achievable today".