Winter Olympics: Men's downhill pushed to Monday due to high winds

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

Winter Olympics: Men's downhill pushed to Monday due to high winds

According to the United States Ski and Snowboard Team, the event-which was slated to air live Saturday evening in the USA -has been delayed because of strong winds.

Wind gusts up 72 kilometers per hour (45 miles per hour) have postponed the men's downhill, the opening Alpine skiing event of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

The first race of the 11-event Alpine program was scheduled for Sunday.

High winds create risks for racers.

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Gusting winds of up to 39 knots (72 kilometres per hour) have been forecast for Sunday through until Tuesday at Jeongseon, well past the point at which the gondola that moves the skiers to the top of the mountain can not function.

The event was postponed due to risky 40-45 mile per hour winds. Some top downhillers, including Jansrud, are now scheduled to begin their pursuit of Olympic medals in the Alpine combined event on Tuesday.

Organizers previously suggested the men's downhill could start Monday, at around midday between two runs of women's giant slalom staged at nearby Yongpyong. They can cause them being blown off a safe line, and the gondola carrying teams up the mountain is unsafe in windy conditions. The men's Super-G was moved to Friday, which will air on Thursday.

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