Olympic men's downhill postponed until Thursday due to strong winds

Olympic men's downhill postponed until Thursday due to strong winds
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- 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 first race on an 11-event Alpine schedule was shelved three hours before the start time at the Jeongseon hill, and organizers said they would now try to hold the men's downhill on Thursday. "It's imperative with fair conditions and I applaud the decision. Thanks," Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, one of the gold medal favorites, wrote on Twitter . Racers risk being blown off a safe racing line on a course where they hit speeds of about 125 kph (75 mph). "Very strong winds, with gusts up to 72 kph (50 mph), that are forecast to continue all day have forced the jury together with (the Pyeongchang organizing committee) to postpone the event," the International Ski Federation (FIS) said. On Monday, the women's giant slalom with Mikaela Shiffrin will be the first Alpine medal race. Some top... 
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