Olympic men's downhill postponed amid strong wind

Ruben Hill
February 11, 2018

On Thursday, International Ski Federation (FIS) chief race director Markus Waldner said race organisers were considering alternative plans in case strong winds forced the postponement of Sunday's race, but the option of moving it forward by a day had already been rebuffed by Olympic officials.

The men's downhill was originally set to start 11 a.m. Sunday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, but the organizers postponed the event because of an unfavorable forecast. "Thanks", Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, one of the gold medal favorites, wrote on Twitter.

High winds create risks for racers. But three hours before it was supposed to start, race organizers said they needed to reschedule it.

Now the first race of the Alpine program will be the women's giant slalom on Monday.

Some top downhillers, including Jansrud, are now scheduled to compete in the Alpine combined event on Tuesday.

The event was postponed due to unsafe 40-45 mile per hour winds.

They can cause them being blown off a safe line, and the gondola carrying teams up the mountain is unsafe in windy conditions. "With this being an outdoor sport, it is not abnormal".

If organizers are not able to stage the race by the end of Wednesday, the downhill will replace the men's Super G in the schedule with the other speed race moving to Friday, now a rest day.

The first available reserve day in the Alpine program is Friday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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