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Olympic Organizers Face Blowback Over How They Handled High Winds

The women's giant slalom race was postponed because of adverse weather conditions — but a women's snowboarding event moved forward, resulting in a number of crashes and falls.
Norway's Silje Norendal's hair blows in the strong wind during the women's snowboard slopestyle final event at the Phoenix Snow Park during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Monday. Source: Loic Venance

Big air. Big victories. Big emotion: They're all par for the course at any Olympics.

Big winds, on the other hand, are a big problem.

Over the past few days Pyeongchang, home of the 2018 Winter Games, has seen wind gusts up to 45 mph — more than enough to wreak havoc with winter sports that remain on the ground, let alone those where athletes fling themselves into the air.

The high winds prompted the postponement of the women's giant slalom race, a major downhill event.

But the International Ski Federation, or FIS, still sent female

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