Olympics: Postponed men's downhill to be raced Thursday

Alpine skiing women's giant slalom postponed due to wind at PyeongChang Winter Olympics

U.S. ski star Mikaela Shiffrin's bid for a first gold of the Winter Olympics in South Korea was put on hold after high winds forced the women's giant slalom to be postponed. The combined, which adds times from one downhill and one slalom, is now the first race for the men and remains slated for Tuesday.

The women's giant slalom has been postponed as high winds affected the Winter Olympics for a second day.

Frida Hansdotter, Sweden: Hansdotter has been a top-four slalom skier since 2013, and she won the World Cup slalom title in 2016.

World champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland and past Olympic downhill medalists Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud - both from Norway - are the favourites for the competition.

"The woman's giant slalom has been postponed until Thursday today because of high winds and a wind chill factor of negative 30 at the start, winds gusting to 30 miles an hour, so Mikaela Shiffrin's debut at these games will not happen until Thursday, Wednesday in the US, and it will be sandwiched around the Men's Downhill, " said a clearly chilly Dan Hicks on the slopes to fellow NBC commentator Bode Miller.

Heading into this year's Olympics, she's been on a tear, as during the 2017 season, Shiffrin racked up six slalom victories, three giant slalom wins and one alpine combined. It is a schedule the American herself could have scripted to maximise her chance of bagging multiple medals. In Sochi, Shiffrin finished fifth in the event. "But the reality is Mikaela is the best racer out here".

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Hannes Reichelt will go first when the race does get underway with his fellow Austrian Matthias Mayer, the defending champion, set to go out third. "So when I'm not able to excel in the last quarter of the course or keep that focus through the finish, that's when the red lights are flashing", Shiffrin said.

Making its Olympic debut, the Alpine team event puts parallel racing in the Olympics.

Shiffrin has one medal so far.

The first run of the giant slalom will now be at 10.00 am local time on Thursday with the second run starting at 1.45 pm, organizers confirmed on Monday evening.

The women's slalom will go on as scheduled February 14, while the giant slalom has been moved to February 15, per Layden.

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