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Olympics: Combined downhill shortened because of wind

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 13, 2018 (BSS/AFP) - Blustery winds forced officials to shorten the downhill section of the men's alpine skiing combined event Tuesday.

The race was shortened by about 20 seconds with officials moving the start gate down to the start of the super-G. The so-called blue "wind line" was also used to reduced jumps by up to 15 metres.

"You can't understand the wind direction when you ski down," said Italy's Dominik Paris.

"Side wind, back wind, front wind, I don't know."

The combined finally kicked off an alpine skiing programme which has seen strong winds and unfavourable weather forecasts force the postponement of the opening men's downhill from Sunday to Thursday and the women's giant slalom from Monday, also to Thursday.