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Weather halts Olympics...again - Ben Clatworthy, Racing Correspondent
Wednesday February 24, 2010 - Email this article to a friend

The women's Olympic Giant Slalom has been postponed as the weather closes in on Whistler Mountain. It's not the first time the weather has halted proceedings at The Games. It is, though, winter so it should be expected.

Austria's Elisabeth Goergl was winning the competition after the first run. Chemmy Alcott of Great Britain was coming 25th and starting fifth for the second run.

That was the plan. However delay after delay, caused by low cloud and poor visibility, meant the decision was made to put halt to the racing.

The FIS rules state that a minimum of 2 gates must be visible from the start hut in GS for the race to run.

The rules are there for safety and that is the officials main concern. It's the same for all FIS level races.

Lindsey Vonn of the USA and Downhill Gold medallist crashed in the first run of the race, causing fellow American Julia Mancuso to be Yellow flagged, and given a re-run.

Vonn is currently having a hand x-ray following the accident. She hit it on the control gate during the fall before hitting the nets. She was mainly unhurt but we await confirmation.

The jury is still undecided if the whole race will be re-run, thus giving Vonn a second chance, but the likelihood is that just the second descent take place.

FIS only 'prefer' both runs to be raced on the same day where possible. Here it wasn't.

The official line is that, 'This event has been postponed to a later time.' 

Chemmy Alcott said: "I went into it to charge today. I made a couple of mistakes, so I'm pretty pleased to be only 2.41 seconds out. It's a good position to be in going into the second run.

"If I can finish 15th or 20th it would be a good move up for me,” added Alcott.

Alcott on the GS courseAlcott on the GS course











We will report back the latest news when we get it.

It's causing controversy amongst the athletes at the event who are unhappy with the situation.

NEWS UPDATE 23.20: The event organisers have scheduled a 9.30am local time start for the race on Thursday. It is unclear whether the whole two runs will be re-run or just run two.

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