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Alpine skiing: American Ligety confident after strong combined finish

Alpine skiing: American Ligety confident after strong combined finish

Shiffrin is the defending champion in the slalom and will be trying to become the first man or woman to win that Olympic gold twice in a row; she also has claimed three consecutive world titles. "It's a consideration, absolutely".

Waldner pointed out that he needs to figure out a way to get three men's races - the combined, downhill and super-G - completed by Friday, because there is only one hotel right by the course, and male skiers need to move out to make way for their female counterparts, whose speed events are supposed to begin Saturday. It was the second time a women's race was postponed this week.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) jury and the local organizers first said the event had been pushed to 11:45 a.m. due to strong winds and bad weather, but later, they announced that the women's slalom will be held on Friday, with the first run at 10:00 a.m. and the second run at 1:15 p.m.

After sitting in 26th place following the downhill portion of the race where he battled headwinds, the 33-year-old tech specialist delivered a blistering slalom run in the second leg to secure fifth place, 1.45 seconds behind victor Marcel Hirscher of Austria.

The men's Super G has been switched to Friday, previously a rest day, to make room for the downhill.

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

Snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that at Yongpyong on Wednesday. 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. "Neither of those were really achievable today", Kristofic said. Prior to these Games, there were some who suggested that Shiffrin could possibly be the first skier to medal in all five disciplines in the same Olympics. The 22-year-old American is known for her calmness under pressure, but the high winds in the mountains are in danger of blowing her ambitions way off course.

As for the women's slalom postponement, fans will have to wait for Shiffrin's competitive Pyeongchang debut.

"We don't see great changes for tomorrow or Wednesday", men's chief race director Markus Waldner said at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.


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