Alpine combined course shortened due to wind

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Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait to make her highly anticipated debut in Pyeongchang as she's set to compete for the U.S.as a favorite to win gold.

It is unusual, but hardly unprecedented, for men and women to have races pushed onto the same day at a major competition because of bad weather.

Strong winds forced the suspension of the men's downhill on Sunday and the women's giant slalom was also rescheduled after similar problems on Monday at the Yongpyong course being used for the technical events.

Biathletes have also said the wind has made the shooting portion of the event hard, with only three of 86 women hitting all 10 targets in a race on Saturday.

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Friday is predicted to be even colder (-16C), with the start of the slalom due to kick off with winds of 25km/h, according to the Korea Metrological Administration.

"They said we had to do it today". She has now been on snow for four straight days with the postponed races.

Snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that at Yongpyong on Wednesday.

Ligety also won the alpine combined world title in 2013 and could become the third man to win this event at least three times at the Olympic Winter Games and World Championships combined, after Aamodt with four and Luxembourg's Marc Girardelli with three.

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Earlier this week in the women's slopestyle event, several riders were critical that racing was held in adverse conditions, with one Dutch snowboarder insisting the competition was a lottery.

Additionally, Svindal and Jansrud could join Aamodt as the only Norwegian alpine skiers with multiple Olympic gold medals.

It said the event will start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with the second run slated for 1:15 p.m. on the same day, reports Yonhap news agency.

Already facing a bit of a time crunch because of all of the weather delays, organizers kept pushing back the first run of the two-run women's slalom until eventually deciding to call it off about an hour after the original start time.

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"We've been through days like this before, in the World Cup, quite often and the number one thing is safety and the second thing is to have a good, fair race". Prior to these Games, there were some who suggested that Shiffrin could possibly be the first skier to medal in all five disciplines in the same Olympics.

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