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Olympic men's downhill postponed because of strong wind

11 February 2018

Strong wind has forced the Pyeongchang Olympic men's downhill to be postponed.

The men's downhill, which was scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday (11 a.m. Sunday in Korea), was postponed to February 15 while the men's super-G has been pushed to February 16 in Korea.

The men's downhill could start between those times, Waldner said, while cautioning that winds are forecast to continue into Tuesday.

They did not immediately announce a new date.

Skiers risk being blown off a safe racing line in strong winds, which could also shut down the only gondola carrying teams and officials up the mountain.

Innerhofer finished 0.01 second ahead of Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, the bronze medalist four years ago who is widely touted as a gold medal favorite in Pyeongchang.

Disruption to the Alpinr skiing at the Winter Olympics is not unusual and it is a rare Games where some re-jigging of the schedule is not necessary.

The event was postponed due to unsafe winds.

Organizers previously suggested the men's downhill could start Monday, at around midday between two runs of women's giant slalom staged at nearby Yongpyong.

It is not the first time Mother Nature has played havoc with the best laid plans for alpine skiing at the Olympics. The men's Super-G was moved to Friday, which will air on Thursday. They also canceled the downhill training run which was scheduled for Monday in South Korea.

Olympic men's downhill postponed because of strong wind