Winter Olympics 2018: Strong winds postpone first alpine skiing event

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

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

The event was postponed due to risky winds.

Fierce wind forced the Olympic men's downhill to be postponed Sunday, moving the marquee race from its traditional place opening the Alpine program.

The men's downhill, which was scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday (11 a.m. Sunday in Korea), was postponed to February 15 while the men's super-G has been pushed to February 16 in Korea.

When the event does eventually unfold, all eyes will be on Norway's Kjetil Jansrud, who took home bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and clocked top-three finishes in all three days of training in advance of the final, per NBCOlympics.com's Seth Rubinroit.

High winds create risks for racers.

"Due to the strong wind and unfavourable forecast for today, the men's downhill is postponed to another date", the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced.

Weather permitting, Waldner said on Thursday, the race would be run on Monday at noon local time (0300 GMT), between the two runs of the women's giant slalom at the other Alpine venue in Yongpyong.

The event was postponed due to risky 40-45 mile per hour winds. They can cause them being blown off a safe line, and the gondola carrying teams up the mountain is unsafe in windy conditions.

"With this being an outdoor sport, it is not abnormal".

To make room for the downhill on Thursday, the men's super-G will shift from Thursday to Friday.

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