The beginning of Mikaela Shiffrin’s bid for a number of medals on the 2018 Olympics was delayed but once more when the ladies’s slalom was postponed from Wednesday to Friday due to robust winds.
It is the third time in 4 days an Alpine snowboarding race was shelved as a result of gusts made it too harmful for competitors. That complicates issues for somebody akin to Shiffrin, who might attempt to enter as much as 5 particular person occasions however now has much less time to relaxation and put together between them.
Based mostly on the game’s unique eleven-occasion program for South Korea, Shiffrin would have raced on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in Week 1, with full days off to assist in the transition from her most popular technical occasions of slalom and big slalom to the velocity occasions. As of now, she would have zero days in between, racing three days in a row from Thursday by way of Saturday.
“Nicely, it compresses the schedule, so it makes for a extra hectic 5, six days as we strategy into the velocity occasions,” U.S. ladies’s head coach Paul Kristofic stated. “In order that’s one thing we’re contemplating as we transfer ahead. It is a consideration, completely.”
Shiffrin was imagined to get began with the enormous slalom on Monday; that race was rescheduled for Thursday and can now be her first at these Winter Video games.
Underneath the present plan, subsequent would come the slalom, a race she gained on the 2014 Olympics at age 18, adopted…