Men's downhill rescheduled for Thursday

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

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

The blue riband event, which traditionally opens the Alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics, will now take place at 11am local time on Thursday in place of the Super G, with the other men's speed race shifting to Friday.

High winds in the weather forecast could move the Olympic men's downhill race from its scheduled Sunday slot.

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

"Very strong winds, with gusts up to 72 kilometres per hour, that are expected to continue all day have forced the jury together with POCOG to postpone the event as originally scheduled at Jeongseon Alpine Centre", the International Ski Federation said in a statement.

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

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.

Gusting winds of up to 72km/h 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. That meant a signature feature, the steep "Free Fall" starting section, was not used. At 10 am, we will make the decision whether to race.

Innerhofer finished 0.01 second ahead of Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, the bronze medalist four years ago who is widely touted as a gold medal favorite in Pyeongchang. "I'm thankful to hear that, because that's the way it should be in the Olympics".

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