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Women's Downhill Postponed

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Snowbasin, Utah Feb. 11, 2002 (AP)–Picabo Street’s quest to become the first American woman to win three Olympic skiing medals will have to wait at least one more day.

High winds at the top of the Wildflower course forced postponement of the women’s downhill Monday. The race was rescheduled for Tuesday, originally an off day in the Alpine schedule.

Though flags were nearly limp at the bottom of the course, where about 25,000 spectators waited patiently in sub-freezing temperatures, winds buffeted the top of the course–9,016 feet up Mount Ogden.

Such delays are nothing new for Alpine skiers. The 1998 Nagano Olympics were tormented by weather woes, including a two-day delay in the women’s downhill.

The race originally was scheduled to start at noon EST, but was delayed an hour. Race officials then delayed the start another hour, until 1 p.m., but called it off when the winds did not subside.

Copyright © 2000 The Associated Press.