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In Pyeongchang, High Winds Are No Breeze for Athletes

Powerful winds delay more Olympic skiing events and force park's closure

Mikaela Shiffrin begins her quest for multiple Olympic gold medals in the giant slalom.

It's the third time in four days an Alpine skiing race was shelved because gusts made it too risky for competition. Initially a slalom specialist, Shiffrin has expanded her repertoire to become one of the best in the world in the giant slalom as well. As of now, she would have zero days in between, racing three days in a row from Thursday through Saturday.

The postponements will compress the schedule for Alpine skiing, which has 10 events remaining, into just 10 days. "It's a consideration, absolutely". Each of the first two contests were postponed because of unsafe winds that exceeded 25 miles per hour and the forecast predicts more of the same on today and Wednesday.

"It is a very heavy load", said Shiffrin's coach, Mike Day.

It is unusual, but hardly unprecedented, for men and women to have races pushed onto the same day at a major competition because of bad weather.

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

The men's downhill, which was supposed to open Alpine skiing on Sunday, also was shifted to Thursday, when the forecast calls for a lessening of the swirling and blustery winds that have been creating problems.

While some skiers, like Mikaela Shriffin of the US, will have to compete in back-to-back days because of the postponements, it seems like the safe call to keep athletes out of whiteout conditions as they fly down the mountain.

Snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that at Yongpyong on Wednesday. And the second thing is: Have a good, fair race.

"It's a bummer that we're not able to race today", Shiffrin said. That is something to which she is accustomed: World Cup races frequently are held on consecutive days, and twice this season she went three days in a row.

This is Bolivia's sixth participation in the Winter Olympic Games, although with two participants born in other countries, after 26 years of absence.

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