Olympic Games re­sults, com­plete medals ta­ble

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - Paul Myer­berg

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Winds again wreaked havoc on the Win­ter Games on Wed­nes­day, with post­poned and de­layed events joined by warn­ings from of­fi­cials that spec­ta­tors should seek shel­ter in case the gusts caused dam­age to the area’s many tem­po­rary struc­tures.

At­ten­dees in­side Olympic Park, the host to all ice events and out­door per­for­mances at the Win­ter Games, were asked to move in­side as winds shook the tents con­structed to hold shops, con­ces­sion stands and even me­dia work rooms.

Of­fi­cials also closed the Su­per Store within Olympic Park, a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion for spec­ta­tors look­ing to pur­chase of­fi­cial Pyeongchang Games clothes and sou­venirs.

“Due to high winds in the Gangneung area, all ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­mon do­main of the Gangneung Olympic Park have been tem­po­rar­ily been sus­pended to en­sure the safety of all per­son­nel,” the Pyeongchang or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee said in a state­ment. “Spec­ta­tors are be­ing en­cour­aged to stay in­doors and gen­eral ad­mis­sion to the park has been sus­pended for the re­main­der of the day.”

High winds have been a con­stant is­sue through­out the Games, af­fect­ing start times and even de­lay­ing some events. Women’s slalom was post­poned un­til Fri­day — after ini­tially be­ing resched­uled four times — be­cause of wind and poor vis­i­bil­ity Wed­nes­day.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that we weren’t able to race to­day, but it is im­por­tant we have a fair race for all of the ath­letes and to­day’s con­di­tions would def­i­nitely not have been fair,” said the USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin, a gold medal fa­vorite still wait­ing to maker her Pyeongchang de­but. “Weather de­lays and post­pone­ments are just the na­ture of an out­door sport.”

Fore­casts pro­ject­ing gusts sur­pass­ing 45 mph led to the post­pone­ment of events at the Alpen­sia Biathlon Cen­ter. Sched­uled for Wed­nes­day, the women’s in­di­vid­ual biathlon will be held Thurs­day.

Winds also af­fected start times in Nordic com­bined events.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said of­fi­cials aren’t con­cerned at this point that the post­pone­ments are go­ing to cause a sched­ul­ing crunch: “I guess if the wind blows for the next (11) days it might be a prob­lem. At present, ev­ery­thing is OK. The ski fed­er­a­tion is well used to dis­rup­tion by wind, by too much snow, by too lit­tle snow, by too much rain, by all sorts of things.”

Gusty winds blew over the fence around the Gangneung me­dia vil­lage and pulled the an­chor screws out of the as­phalt.


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