Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Olympics: US ski star Shiffrin adjusts her schedule

Olympics: US ski star Shiffrin adjusts her schedule

"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.

The slalom is a race Shiffrin has dominated for five years, including her Olympic gold as a teenager and three consecutive world titles.

The women's slalom became the third Alpine ski race to be postponed at the Olympics.

Monday's downhill has been moved to Thursday along with the women's giant slalom. "Next few days will be important", he said. "She has now been on snow for four straight days with the postponed races".

Video of the slalom hill showed that it was a complete whiteout, making the decision to put off the event look wise.

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Strong winds forced the suspension of the men's downhill on Sunday and the women's giant slalom was also rescheduled after similar problems on Monday at the Yongpyong course being used for the technical events.

The men's super-G, originally set for Thursday, has been switched to Friday.

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

Initially slated for a 10:15 am (0115 GMT) start, FIS said the first run of the slalom was now scheduled to start at 1145 am at the earliest.

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"The No. 1 thing is safety".

"It's a bummer that we're not able to race today", Shiffrin said.

Among the women who could challenge Shiffrin in the technical races are Switzerland's Wendy Holdener, who claimed silver in the slalom and gold in the Alpine combined event at last year's world championships; Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, owner of three world championship medals in the slalom; and Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, who has won two World Cup slaloms this season.

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"My training has been really good in both super-G and giant slalom and I feel like I'm skiing well", he said.

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