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Bolivia Debuts at Winter Olympic Games, PyeongChang 2018

Bolivia Debuts at Winter Olympic Games, PyeongChang 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin's pursuit of gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics will start on a different day than everyone expected - and in a different event, the slalom, which is her forte. As of now, she would have zero days in between, racing three days in a row from Thursday through Saturday. "They said we had to do it today".

Shiffrin, a favorite in the slalom - she won gold in that event in 2014 - is now slated to race that event on Friday.

Today's ladies' Slalom was delayed twice and then finally postponed until Friday due to adverse weather conditions at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

"It's shortened downhill course with the wind playing its role", Jansrud, one of the two athletes' representatives for the race, said after clocking the fourth fastest time.

Shiffrin is still facing back-to-back events, as she was under the originally revised schedule.

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

In the men's alpine events, the downhill will be run at 11:30 a.m. Thursday local time (9:30 p.m. ET), and the super-G will start on Friday at 11 a.m. (9 p.m.ET Thursday). "The No. 1 thing is safety and the second is having a good, fair race, and neither one of those were achievable today".

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

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 event is something I've been really looking forward to all year, so I hope I can go out and deliver", said Taylor.

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 International Ski Federation (FIS) is used to disruption, by too much wind, too much snow, not enough snow so they are happy at this point".

Sunday's men's downhill has also been rescheduled for Thursday.


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