Alpine skiing: American Ligety confident after strong combined finish

Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China perform in the pair figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung

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.

On Friday, the rearranged slalom is due to be staged as the men compete in the super-G.

Should she secure gold, she would become the first Alpine skier to successfully defend an Olympic slalom title, following her success in Sochi.

"If the wind continues to blow for then next 15 days it might be a problem but at present everything is okay", IOC Presidential spokesperson Mark Adams said.

Initially a slalom specialist, Shiffrin has expanded her repertoire to become one of the best in the world in the giant slalom as well.

"When you have gusty winds like that, it is hard to have a fair race, and the weather forecast called for winds to increase throughout the afternoon, right around our proposed start time for both runs, so that was a red flag for officials as well".

According to the calendar, the downhill event will take place at the Jeongseon Alpine Center, at 02:00 local time.

For now, though, she must wait to get in a starting gate, along with all the other Alpine skiers.

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"I've spent a lot of today walking backwards", said British Olympics visitor Elliott Edmonson.

"So hopefully I can get another couple good days of training in and keep the ball rolling".

"Plenty [of time left]".

A large crowd had gathered well ahead of the original start time for Wednesday's race, and American fans were out in force to see Shiffrin, one of four United States starters in the field of 83. The women's alpine slalom event was moved to February 16 due to bad weather.

The 25-year-old lived up the pre-Olympics hype with a scintillating performance in an absorbing three-run final culminating in a six-man shootout to add gold to the silver he won fours years ago. At last year's world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the two downhills were back-to-back on the same hill.

Ted Ligety of the US competes in the Men's Slalom part of the Men's Alpine Combined.

Plus, all sorts of contingency plans have been considered.

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