Video shows how bad the conditions were on the Winter Olympics slalom course after the event was postponed a second time due to weather

  • The women's slalom was postponed to Friday because of conditions in Pyeongchang.
  • It's the second time in these Olympics that the event was postponed because of weather.
  • Video of the slalom hill showed that it was a complete whiteout, making the decision to put off the event look wise.


The weather conditions in Pyeongchang have continued to wreak havoc on the Winter Olympics.

On Wednesday in Pyeongchang, the women's slalom was postponed again because of conditions, pushing the event to Friday. The event was also postponed on Sunday because of conditions.

While the postponements surely frustrate the athletes who have been waiting to compete and the organizers who have to fear a cramped schedule, the decision was not unreasonable.

NPR's Melissa Block tweeted a video from the Olympic Village of a camera that shows the slalom course. There wasn't a lot to be seen because the conditions were so bad.

 

 

The organizers are in a tough spot. They went on with the women's snowboard slopestyle on Sunday and faced criticism when the riders called the conditions dangerous because of the high winds.

 

While some skiers, like Mikaela Shriffin of the U.S., will have to compete in back-to-back days because of the postponements, it seems like the safe call to keep athletes out of whiteout conditions as they fly down the mountain.

 

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Biathlon ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Individual Training ? Alpensia Biathlon Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Anna Magnusson of Sweden trains as the wind blows. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Giant Slalom ? Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - Course workers are seen on the hill as the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SEARCH "OLYMPICS BEST" FOR ALL PICTURES.
Luge - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Singles competition - Olympic Sliding Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 13, 2018 - Gold medalist Natalie Geisenberger of Germany arrives at the victory ceremony as the wind blows the hat of a hostess. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Giant Slalom ? Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - A ski gate is blown by the wind as the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Giant Slalom ? Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - A gatekeeper chases after his ski that is blown away by the wind as the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Giant Slalom ? Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - A view of Yongpyong Alpine Centre as the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
Biathlon ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Individual Training ? Alpensia Biathlon Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Ko Eun-jung of South Korea trains as the wind blows. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Halfpipe Qualification - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 13, 2018 - Nathan Johnstone of Australia competes in strong wind. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Giant Slalom ? Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - Volunteers and gate keepers remove ski gates after the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Giant Slalom ? Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - Sofia Goggia of Italy leaves after the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
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Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Giant Slalom ? Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - A gatekeeper protects himself against the wind as the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Giant Slalom ? Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - A steward stands in windy conditions as the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Men?s Alpine Combined ? Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Strong winds are seen before the Men's Slalom part of the Men's Alpine Combined. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Slopestyle Finals - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 12, 2018 - Aimee Fuller of Britain opens her arms to show how windy it is. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Alpine Skiing ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Women?s Giant Slalom ? Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - Course workers are seen as the women's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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