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Wind too strong: Olympic downhill postponed

The wind on the Olympic mountain Xiaohaituo whirls the program upside down on the first day of competition for the ski racers.

Due to the strong gusts over the artificial snow band in Yanqing, the men’s downhill will not start before 12:00 p.m. (5:00 a.m. CET). The jury announced this.

At the originally scheduled start time of 11:00 a.m. (4:00 a.m. CET), a decision should be made as to whether the postponement of one hour is sufficient. Even then, the race will not be completely unaffected by the wind. “It’s a difficult mountain, it’s never windless here,” said race director Markus Waldner.

The German Ski Association (DSV) has four runners at the start: In addition to Vice World Champion Andreas Sander, Romed Baumann, Josef Ferstl and Dominik Schwaiger will be competing in the supreme discipline. The Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is the top favorite.

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