Alpine skiing: American Ligety confident after strong combined finish
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 14, 2018,
Feb 14, 2018, 18:01
Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud questioned the fairness of the downhill run for the men's combined after organisers finally got the Alpine skiing programme underway at the Pyeongchang Olympics after two days of weather postponements on Tuesday.
Shiffrin 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.
It's the third time in four days an alpine skiing race was shelved because gusts made it too risky for competition.
Both the Women's Giant Slalom and Men's Downhill are now taking place tomorrow. I'll use this time to continue to train and refocus on Wednesday's slalom race.
"Everyone is a little bummed out when a day like this happens, but they do happen, so we're quite used to it", said Kristofic, who with Shiffrin and speed queen Lindsey Vonn on his team will be hoping for a major medal haul. "Next few days will be important", he said.
As winds hurled snow and debris around on Wednesday afternoon, the sky sometimes looked as if a turbulent (and very dusty) storm cloud had descended upon the earth.
The slalom is a race Shiffrin has dominated for five years, including her Olympic gold as a teenager and three consecutive world titles. "The No. 1 thing is safety and the second is having a good, fair race, and neither one of those were achievable today".
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.
Shiffrin has developed into one of her sport's most recognisable figures, catapulted to stardom at Sochi 2014 as she snatched the gold medal as an 18-year-old.
The schedule of skiing events at the PyeongChang Games has suffered multiple delays.
The schedule for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics was similarly impacted by poor course conditions and bad weather at Whistler with the men's downhill postponed by two days.
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.
American Ted Ligety won the alpine combined at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games and can become the first man to win a combination event twice at the Olympic Winter Games.