Olympic Alpine Skiing Schedule 2018

As for the women's slalom postponement, fans will have to wait for Shiffrin's competitive Pyeongchang debut.

This is the second time that the organising committee has rescheduled the alpine skiing competition due to bad weather.

The women's giant slalom, originally scheduled for Monday, is scheduled for Thursday, as is the men's downhill, which was originally scheduled for Sunday.

Shiffrin is the defending champion in the slalom and will be trying to become the first man or woman to win that Olympic gold twice in a row; she also has claimed three consecutive world titles.

"Spectators are being encouraged to stay indoors and general admission to the park has been suspended for the remainder of the day", Pyeongchang organizers said early Wednesday afternoon local time (South Korea is 14 hours ahead of U.S. ET).

"We've been through this before in the World Cup quite often", said USA coach Paul Kristofic.

On Wednesday at Yongpyong, snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that.

More news: Tech basketball projected as a third seed

The wind gusts have been strong enough to push people around; by evening, metal detectors outside venues and all signage were laid down on the ground, to prevent them from being picked up by the gusts.

It's the second time in these Olympics that the event was postponed because of weather.

Wednesday's postponement was the third alpine schedule change of the Pyeongchang Games.

The wind also delayed the finish of the men's ski jumping.

"When you have gusty winds like that, it is hard to have a fair race, and the weather forecast called for winds to increase throughout the afternoon, right around our proposed start time for both runs, so that was a red flag for officials as well".

Adams said that although athletes are often consulted in a decision to call off a race, the ultimate responsibility for safety lies with the federation in charge, in these instances, the world skiing governing body FIS.

The 25-year-old lived up the pre-Olympics hype with a scintillating performance in an absorbing three-run final culminating in a six-man shootout to add gold to the silver he won fours years ago.

  • Tabitha Byrd