Mikaela Shiffrin: 5 Things to Know About the Olympic Alpine Ski Racer

Rising Stars: Mikaela Shiffrin

The women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics was postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre on Monday, organizers said. The combined, which adds times from one downhill and one slalom, is now the first race for the men and remains slated for Tuesday.

Even if she sweeps the five events she could ski in at Pyeongchang - and she hasn't committed to a schedule yet - Shiffrin knows she's a long way from Baltimore's Michael Phelps' all-time Olympic medals record.

Frida Hansdotter, Sweden: Hansdotter has been a top-four slalom skier since 2013, and she won the World Cup slalom title in 2016. Shiffrin is a favorite to win the event.

"It's a bummer that we're not able to race today", Shiffrin said. "We have a great gym and space to eat and take plenty of naps, so I'll use this time to recharge".

Officials called off the race about three hours before it was supposed to begin, then later announced they were rescheduling the downhill for Thursday, and shifting the men's super-G from that day to Friday. She has not said.

The 2013 world championships in Schladming, Austria, marked the first time Shiffrin went to a major event leading the World Cup slalom standings. "The giant slalom is the most competitive for the women", says Rebensburg, with only Italian Deborah Compagnoni having previously won two golds (1994, 1998).

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Instead, Shiffrin skied off the course three gates from the finish.

One of the key lessons is emphasizing her love of skiing and desire to improve more than how she fares in any given race.

Slalom needs the iciest racing surface, and can run in falling snow and fog that would make the downhill or super-G speed races unsafe.

Delays in the alpine events at an Olympics because of the weather are, of course, nothing new.

Women's chief race director Atle Skaardal had been confident of getting the giant slalom underway despite the challenges given the Yongpyong gondola was less exposed.

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