Winter Olympics: Men's downhill postponed because of high winds

AP: Olympic men's downhill postponed because of strong wind

Winter Olympics: Men's downhill postponed because of high winds

High winds delayed the start of the second day's training for the men's downhill at the Winter Olympics on Friday, organisers said, in a foretaste of the adverse weather that could affect Sunday's competition. But three hours before it was supposed to start, race organisers said they needed to reschedule it.

The weather forced a shortened training run to begin 564 feet (175 meters) lower down the Jeongseon race hill. The FIS said the wind, gusting at up to 72 kilometers per hour, was expected to continue all day.

Waldner said conditions Friday were "good enough for training, but not good enough for a race".

There was also the risk the skiers could be blown off the course.

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Now the first race of the Alpine programme will be the women's giant slalom on Monday.

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. That meant a signature feature, the steep "Free Fall" starting section, was not used. We do have reserve days and if it's more windy than today, the gondola's not going to run so then we have a major problem and (the race) is not going to happen.

"The message we got is that they want to do the downhill from the top in fair conditions", said the 2014 Olympic Super G champion.

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