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Olympic Men's Downhill Postponed Due to Strong Wind Conditions

The men's downhill has been postponed to Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET and the men's super-G will be held Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. ET

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    Norway's Kjetil Jansrud makes a turn during men's downhill training at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. The first Alpine skiing event of the 2018 Pyeonchang Olympics, men’s downhill, was postponed Sunday morning due to high winds.

    Strong wind has forced the Pyeongchang Olympic men's downhill to be postponed.

    The first race of the 11-event Alpine program was scheduled for Sunday. But three hours before it was supposed to start, race organizers said the downhill would be moved to a different day.

    The men's downhill has been postponed to Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. EST and the men's super-G will be held Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. EST

    Earlier in the day, forecasters predicted gusts of up to 50 mph (72 kph) for the scheduled 11 a.m. local time (9 p.m. EST) start — strong enough to close the only gondola lift carrying racers and officials up the mountain.

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    The International Ski Federation also announced in a statement that men's alpine combined downhill training run scheduled for Monday has also been canceled. 

    "Following the three training runs – led by Manuel Osborne-Paradis (CAN), Christoph Innerhofer (ITA), and Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) – the Olympic downhill course is in excellent condition. When weather and scheduling permits, the men's Olympic downhill is sure to be a spectacular race," the organization said in statement.

    Three days of practice runs on the rarely-raced Jeongseon Alpine Centre hill showed three top contenders in good form: world champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland and past Olympic downhill medalists Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud — both from Norway.

    Svindal says he's ready while Feuz has had a near-perfect preparation with two wins and a second-place finish in the three World Cup downhill classics last month.

    But upsets are always on the cards at the Olympics: five of the past 10 men's downhill champions were without a win in World Cup races, including Matthias Mayer of Austria at the 2014 Sochi Games.

    Bryce Bennett, the tallest U.S. Olympian in Pyeongchang at 6 feet 7 inches, was the top American on Wednesday and Thursday's training runs. Team USA's Jared Goldberg finished eighth on Friday, one spot ahead of Bennett.