Mikaela Shiffrin's Olympics Debut Blown Off Schedule For NBC, Again

Arnold Nichols
February 14, 2018

Fierce and howling winds at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have led to safety concerns and thrown the alpine skiing schedule into disarray.

Wednesday's postponement means that Shiffrin could now potentially compete on back-to-back-to-back days should she elect to enter in the Super G on Saturday.

"Neither of those were achievable today".

She also took gold at the 2017 World Championships in the slalom and has drawn comparisons to Michael Phelps for her incredible dominance in the event.

This is the third race that has been moved due to weather.

While her Giant Slalom results have been somewhat mixed this season, she has shown signs of her true potential with some of her best World Cup results in this, her preferred discipline.

While some skiers, like Mikaela Shriffin of the US, will have to compete in back-to-back days because of the postponements, it seems like the safe call to keep athletes out of whiteout conditions as they fly down the mountain. The women's slalom will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Yongpyong Alpine Center.

"It is a very heavy load", said Shiffrin's coach, Mike Day. The giant slalom will also now be Friday so the events will be back to back.

"I wish you all good luck tomorrow and us as well, I hope we can have a great race day on the hill", Skaardal signed off to the captains of the women's teams in Yongpyong.

The last Swiss to claim an Olympic medal in women's slalom was Schneider with her win in 1994.

The 31-year-old Anderson admitted conditions were tough, but said she used her "lion power" to pull off a gold medal-winning performance.

Seth Rubinroit of NBC Olympics noted Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic slalom champion in Sochi and proceeded to sweep the ensuing slalom gold medals at the World Championships.

The wind gusts have been strong enough to push people around; by evening, metal detectors outside venues and all signage were laid down on the ground, to prevent them from being picked up by the gusts.

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

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