On the last day of the alpine skiing competitions at the Olympic Games, the strong wind on Mount Xiaohaituo returned: the mixed team competition could therefore not be held on Saturday - and is now threatening to be canceled completely.
"There was no way to start the race under fair conditions," explained the German alpine boss Wolfgang Maier on Saturday in Yanqing.
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Also in the second ski resort of these games, in Zhangjiakou, the wind blew quite strongly.
Nevertheless, the decision of the ski freestylers was carried out in the halfpipe - under difficult conditions at minus twenty degrees.
The competition was immediately marked by many falls.
Even the winner only managed one flawless run – but that was enough to win.
New Zealand's Nico Porteous prevailed with 93.00 points.
He gave his country only the second gold medal in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.
The 20-year-old won ahead of long-time champion David Wise of the USA, who won the 2014 Sochi and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
Bronze went to his teammate Alex Ferreira (USA).
At the start of the Winter Games, snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won New Zealand's historic first winter gold in slopestyle.
The Alpines had no chance of holding their final competition.
Due to the strong wind with violent gusts, the event was postponed several times and finally canceled from the daily program.
Whether he can still be made up for on the last day of the Winter Games on Sunday is currently still open.
"The enthusiasm among the teams is zero because everyone has had enough now," said Maier in view of the difficult conditions on the mountain.
It would be the last chance for the German alpine team to win a medal after all.
So far, the fourth places of Lena Dürr in the slalom and Kira Weidle in the downhill are the best results in the Olympic result lists.
Also in 2018 in Pyeongchang, the German Alpine went home without medals.
It is very rare in the history of the Olympic Winter Games for a competition to be canceled completely.
In 1928 in St. Moritz, the race for speed skaters over 10,000 meters was canceled.Keywords: