FIS, the international ski federation that oversees both giant slalom and slopestyle, was responsible for the decisions about postponing events, decided to press on with the event that actually involved Olympians flying high into the sky, despite fierce complaints from riders and coaches.
Pre-event favourite Anna Gasser of Austria fell on both her runs. “Yes, it should have been postponed,“ she said. “We tried to speak to officials but the Olympics put us under pressure to do it today.
“It’s a little funny that they can move the downhill five days and they pressure us into riding in these conditions.”
FIS released a statement after the event: “The first priority for FIS is the safety of the athletes and FIS would never stage a competition if this could not be assured. The FIS Jury monitored the weather conditions closely throughout the day, including consulting with the coaches, and considered it was within the boundaries to stage the competition safely.”