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Mikaela Shiffrin waits again as women's slalom postponed

Mikaela Shiffrin waits again as women's slalom postponed

Fierce and howling winds at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have led to safety concerns and thrown the alpine skiing schedule into disarray.

Such has been Shiffrin's domination of slalom - she has also won three World Championship crowns - a recent blip in her form, where she managed just one podium in her last six races, became a major debating point among followers of the sport.

While her Giant Slalom results have been somewhat mixed this season, she has shown signs of her true potential with some of her best World Cup results in this, her preferred discipline. (The defending champion, Tina Maze of Slovenia, is retired.) Another contender is Tessa Worley of France. After winning gold in 2014 she also claimed a world championship in 2015 and 2017.

"Well, it compresses the schedule, so it makes for a more hectic five, six days as we approach into the speed events", USA women's head coach Paul Kristofic said.

This is the third race that has been moved due to weather.

"We'll continue to take it day by day and I look forward to getting in the start gate!" Three straight days of racing - and the pomp and circumstance that come with it - would be followed by three downhill training sessions, and then the downhill race on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that at Yongpyong on Wednesday.

"I've spent a lot of today walking backwards", said British Olympics visitor Elliott Edmonson.

Shiffrin originally was supposed to get started with the giant slalom on Monday; that race was rescheduled for Thursday and will now be her first at these Winter Games. Already facing a bit of a time crunch because of all of the weather issues, organizers kept pushing back the first run of the two-run slalom until eventually deciding to call it off about an hour after the start time.

"It is unfortunate that we weren't able to race today, but it is important we have a fair race for all of the athletes and today's conditions would definitely not have been fair".

Kingsbury's success - over Matt Graham of Australia and Japan's Daichi Hara - was one of two Canadian gold medals Monday as the nation's ice skaters, including Eric Radford, the first openly gay man to win gold, eclipsed the silver medal it won four years ago.

This seems to be somewhat of a victory lap for Shiffrin, who has dominated this event for years and hasn't found her equal on the global stage.

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