Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Cold delays gold: Weather wait extends NBC's Mikaela Shiffrin promo blitz

Cold delays gold: Weather wait extends NBC's Mikaela Shiffrin promo blitz

At the Yongpyong resort, winds in excess of 70 kilometers per hour prevented the Alpine skiing competition from getting underway for the second day in a row with the women's giant slalom joining the men's downhill in being moved to Thursday.

Any delay to the 11.30 am (0230 GMT) start time would immediately trigger a decision to run the slalom element of the combined event under lights as a night race at 6 pm (0900 GMT), Waldner said. Now, there's another young woman looking to etch her name into Team USA Olympic lore: 22-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin. In addition, she has reached the podium in 59 of her 123 World Cup starts.

Since then, Shiffrin has gone on to win gold in the slalom at the World Championships in 2015 and 2017 as well as a silver medal in the giants slalom in 2017.

"We're sure that we will have this competition, but when we look at the forecast they're only able to forecast the wind three days in advance, that's why we're rescheduling to a couple of days later". "We have a great gym and space to eat and take plenty of naps, so I'll use this time to recharge".

So far there has been no shortage of glitter attached to Shiffrin and her quest, but it won't be valuable until there's fresh gold to go with it.

The Phelps-like audacity of what Shiffrin is attempting - looking to triumph in the technically demanding slalom and GS as well as the so-called speed events, the downhill and super-G - should be enough to garner attention in and of itself.

The giant slalom would have been Shiffrin's much-anticipated debut at these Winter Games.

A gold medalist at Sochi four years ago, Shiffrin has already been a big part of NBC's highly planned coverage leading up to the PyeongChang games. Instead, skiers only inspect the course beforehand; in the 2014 Olympic women's super-G, seven of the first eight racers failed to 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.

American skier Bryce Bennett during a training run at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

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