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14 February 2018, 05:48 | Susie Olson
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The women's event was scheduled to start at Yongpyong Alpine Centre in PyeongChang, 180 kilometres east of Seoul, at 10:15 a.m on Monday but the organisers made a decision to postpone the event due to high winds and bad weather.
The 2018 Winter Olympicswomen's slalom race, scheduled for Tuesday night local time, has been postponed due to weather in PyeongChang. She came in fifth in the giant slalom.
Snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that at Yongpyong on Wednesday.
She will have to deal with both a challenging field and potential fatigue, as the women's giant slalom is scheduled for the day before the women's slalom.
Friday is predicted to be even colder (-16C), with the start of the slalom due to kick off with winds of 25km/h, according to the Korea Metrological Administration.
It said the event will start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with the second run slated for 1:15 p.m. on the same day, reports Yonhap news agency. Both were postponed because of wind. "That will make six days in a row when we complete the slalom".
"We do a really risky sport and this was really not a showcase of what these women can do", she added. "Weather delays and postponements are just the nature of an outdoor sport, but we'll continue to take it day by day and I look forward to getting in the start gate!"
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The U.S. team lost one of its downhill racers to a training injury Wednesday. skier Tommy Biesemeyer of Keene, N.Y., hurt his right ankle and will be replaced by Ryan Cochran-Siegle of Starksboro, Vt., team officials said.
- "Roll with punches" -Paul Kristofic, head coach of the United States women's team, said it was just a question of rolling with the punches.
Kristofic added, "We've been through days like this before, in World Cup, quite often and the number one thing is safety and the second thing is to have a good, fair race".
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