Live Olympics: Alpine team event moved to Sunday due to wind

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Gate flags bend in the wind after high winds delayed the start of the mixed team parallel skiing event at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, in Beijing’s Yanqing district. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

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The last alpine ski race of the Beijing Olympics was postponed by a day due to high winds.

The mixed team parallel event has been postponed from Saturday to Sunday, the last day of the Winter Games. It will start at 9 a.m. Beijing time.

It was due to start on Saturday morning and was delayed twice due to gusts of up to around 40mph (65kph) before being scrapped for the day.

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The last alpine ski race of the Beijing Olympics will not take place as planned due to strong winds. No decision has yet been made on rescheduling the event.

The team event was due to take place on Saturday, but wind gusts of up to around 40mph (65kph) led to the announcement of two one-hour delays. The Winter Games end on Sunday.

The organizers finally declared that the race would not take place on Saturday.

A meeting was held “to discuss the possible rescheduling of the event”.

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New Zealand’s Nico Porteous rode through the swirling wind to win the Olympic halfpipe skiing final on a day when many skiers couldn’t land their best tricks due to strong gusts.

Porteous scored a 93 in his first run on an extremely cold and windy morning in the final event at Genting Snow Park. His score held up in difficult conditions where the skiers had difficulty linking big air and pirouettes.

Two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the silver medal with his score of 90.75 for the first run. Wise, 31, was the only winner the men’s event had ever seen. He won the title on his Olympic debut in 2014 and again in 2018. Alex Ferreira of the United States threw a solid first run, twirling his right ski pole low in exhilaration, to finish with the bronze.

The last competitor to go, Aaron Blunck, crashed into the halfpipe wall as he tried to land a ride in the gusts. He lay there for a moment before sitting down.

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Wind gusts of up to around 40 mph (65 km/h) postpone the start of the last alpine ski race of the Beijing Olympics.

The start of the team event was delayed twice on Saturday for a total of two hours and will no longer start until noon local time.

The blue and red gate flags flutter in the wind along the racetrack known as “Ice River” at the National Alpine Skiing Center in the Yanqing area.

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New Zealand’s Nico Porteous took the lead after the first run of the men’s halfpipe final on a difficult day to throw tricks due to the swirling wind.

Porteous scored a 93 thanks to back-to-back double cork 1620s. Defending two-time Olympic champion David Wise sits in second place with a score of 90.75 after the first of three runs. Many competitors struggled against the gusts of wind, including Canada’s Brendan MacKay who appeared to be blown away.

Top qualifier Aaron Blunck described the gusty conditions as “gnarly”. Although listed at 13 mph, the wind seems to be swirling in and through the halfpipe. The wind chill hovered around minus 26 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 32 degrees Celsius).

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The final alpine ski race of the Beijing Olympics is delayed due to strong winds.

The start of the team event was pushed back an hour to 11 a.m. local time on Saturday – when it was originally due to start before a forecast of windy conditions prompted organizers to try to start at 10 a.m. time.

Gusts of about 25 mph (40 km/h) kick up snow near the bottom of the racetrack known as “Ice River” at the National Alpine Skiing Center in the Yanqing area.

The temperature is zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius) and feels like minus 8 Fahrenheit (minus 22 Celsius).

Mikaela Shiffrin is on the roster for USA, who will face Slovakia in the first round. The other first-round matchups are Switzerland v China, Italy v Russia, Norway v Poland, France v Czech Republic, Germany v Sweden and Slovenia v Canada.

Top-seeded Austria received a first-round bye as there are only 15 nations in the 16-place bracket.

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