Winter Olympics 2018: Strong winds postpone first alpine skiing event

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There isn’t any query it is chilly in Pyeongchang with temperatures under zero, however solely two days into the Winter Olympics, robust winds are suspending the first race of the eleven-event alpine program. 

The lads’s downhill, which was scheduled to happen at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday (eleven a.m. Sunday in Korea), was postponed and the athletes will now compete on a unique day. The announcement got here simply three hours earlier than it was scheduled to start out, and a brand new date has not been set. 

The event was postponed as a consequence of harmful forty-forty five mile per hour winds. Additionally they canceled the downhill coaching run which was scheduled for Monday in South Korea. 

“Very robust winds, with gusts as much as seventy two kilometers per hour, which are anticipated to proceed all day have pressured the jury along with POCOG to postpone the event as initially scheduled at Jeongseon Alpine Centre,” the Worldwide Ski Federation stated in a press release. “A committee comprised of IOC, POCOG, and FIS officers will meet to find out a future date for the Olympic males’s downhill.”

In accordance with race organizers, the raise that carries groups and officers to the highest of the mountain couldn’t be operated. 

The climate circumstances usually are not anticipated to enhance for 2 to 3 days, which might trigger the alpine skiing schedule to shift even additional again within the Olympics.