Alpine skiing-Men's downhill postponed due to high winds

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The local organizing committee and the International Ski Federation (FIS) rescheduled the men's downhill event at the PyeongChang Olympics on Sunday due to strong wind.

"The jury has chose to switch the official programme and has rescheduled the men's downhill for Thursday, February 15, and the men's super-G on Friday, February 16", FIS said, with the downhill set to start at 0200 GMT.

"Today was right at the limit but okay for a training run", Waldner said. The downhill start is at 4,495 feet (1,370 meters).

More strong winds are forecast for Monday, so a training event for the downhill portion of the combined also was canceled.

The race is scheduled to get underway at 11 am local time (0200 GMT) and organizers might take some comfort from the fact that Saturday's training run proceeded smoothly in clement conditions despite high winds having been forecast.

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Now the first race of the Alpine programme will be the women's giant slalom on Monday.

Race organizers say the gondola lift carrying teams and officials up the mountain could not be operated. That meant a signature feature, the steep "Free Fall" starting section, was not used.

"The message we got is that they want to do the downhill from the top in fair conditions", said the 2014 Olympic Super G champion.

"If we can have the reserve days and wait out for an optimal day, it would be ideal", said Bryce Bennett of the United States, who was sixth-fastest Friday.

"I'm thankful to hear that because that's the way it should be in the Olympics".

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