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Shiffrin's Olympics debut delayed again because of high wind

By Nathan Fenno
Los Angeles Times

February 13. 2018 11:29PM
Mikaela Shiffrin inspects the course before the women's slalom on Wednesday. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Mikaela Shiffrin’s debut at the Pyeongchang Olympics will have to wait at least another day, as high winds continued to throw the Alpine skiing schedule into disarray.

The slalom — where the Lyme, N.H.-raised Shiffrin is the heavy favorite — was postponed Wednesday after four weather-related delays at the Yongpyong Alpine Center.

The event has been rescheduled for Friday.

Temperatures were in the high 20s Wednesday — much warmer than previous days — but winds gusted at more than 20 miles per hour at the base of the course.

Earlier this week, wind forced the postponement of the men’s downhill and women’s giant slalom. Only the men’s combined event — won by Austria’s Marcel Hirscher on Tuesday — has been contested in the 11-race Alpine schedule.

The wind is expected to decrease Thursday, when the women’s giant slalom, featuring Shiffrin, and men’s downhill are scheduled. Friday will also be busy, with the men’s super-G running in addition to the women’s slalom.

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