Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 14, 2018 - Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. inspects the course before the Women's Slalom Run 1. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
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Just because there's been barely any Alpine skiing at these Olympics -- three of the first four races were postponed -- doesn't mean that Mikaela Shiffrin and everyone else gets to just take it easy.Many of the women whose slalom race was scrapped because of strong winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Center on Wednesday, including American star and defending gold medalist Shiffrin, took a couple of practice runs for the giant slalom that will be Thursday. Men took informal downhill training on a shortened course at the Jeongseon Alpine Center about 30 miles (50 kilometers) away."If you have a delay like this," said Defago, who is helping test the downhill course before the men's race, "you have to find the real balance between, 'I can let the tension go a little, but I have to be ready again'."Coaches want to keep their skiers fresh, focused and not too annoyed by all of the rescheduling.It all means there are two doubleheaders planned: the men's downhill and women's giant slalom on Thursday, then the men's super-G and the women's slalom on Friday.
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