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Winter Olympics: Men's downhill pushed to Monday due to high winds

Winter Olympics: Men's downhill pushed to Monday due to high winds Winter Olympics: Men's downhill pushed to Monday due to high winds
Noah Ferguson | 11 February, 2018, 07:39

There's no question it's cold in Pyeongchang with temperatures below zero, but only two days into the Winter Olympics, strong winds are postponing the first race of the 11-event alpine program.

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.

"It's imperative with fair conditions and I applaud the decision".

Racers risk being blown off a safe racing line on a course where they hit speeds of about 75 miles per hour.

They added that the alpine combined downhill training scheduled for Monday had also been canceled.

Waldner said winds in excess of 30 knots (55.6 km per hour) would halt the gondola that transported skiers to the top of the mountain for the opening race of the 2018 Olympics.

The event was postponed due to risky 40-45 mile per hour winds. "With this being an outdoor sport, it is not abnormal". The downhill start is at 4,495 feet altitude. That option was wiped out by the weather.

To make room for the downhill on Thursday, the men's super-G will shift from Thursday to Friday.

The men's apline skiing gold medal final was scheduled to air on Saturday night.

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