Mikaela Shiffrin Begins Gold Chase

Mikaela Shiffrin Begins Gold Chase

Strong winds have again played havoc with the Alpine skiing schedule at the Winter Olympic Games here after the women's slalom was postponed and rescheduled for Friday (February 16).

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

Qualification was canceled entirely on Sunday due to the weather but the final got under way after an hour's delay on Monday only for 20 of the 25 competitors to fall in the opening run.

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 giant slalom is now scheduled for Thursday in PyeongChang, so Shiffrin will be competing on back-to-back days. It was the second time a women's race was postponed this week.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist American Ted Ligety missed the podium but said his fifth place finish in Tuesday's Alpine combined has given him a boost in confidence ahead of his giant slalom and super-G races at the Pyeongchang Games.

"It compresses the schedule so it makes it a much more hectic five to six days as we approach the speed events", Kristofic said. And the second thing is: Have a good, fair race.

A large crowd had gathered well ahead of the original start time for Wednesday's race, and American fans were out in force to see Shiffrin, one of four U.S. starters in the field of 83.

After several delays in the schedule, the event was eventually called off as the hurricane-like winds made it impossible for the athletes, including the USA rising star Mikaela Shiffrin, to compete in such weather conditions, reports Efe.

The 31-year-old Anderson admitted conditions were tough, but said she used her "lion power" to pull off a gold medal-winning performance.

That super-G was originally scheduled for Thursday but was pushed to Friday once the men's downhill was moved.

Seth Rubinroit of NBC Olympics noted Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic slalom champion in Sochi and proceeded to sweep the ensuing slalom gold medals at the World Championships.