Wind postpones Olympic race days for local skiers

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — High winds exceeding 25 mph have pushed back all alpine skiing races at the Winter Olympics so far, which leaves Adirondack natives Tommy Biesemeyer and Andrew Weibrecht waiting.

Biesemeyer, of Keene, is set to compete in the downhill, the first men’s race, which was postponed Saturday and again Sunday. It’s now set for Thursday morning, which for the eastern U.S. means 9 p.m. Wednesday night, since the Korean peninsula is 14 hours ahead.

That was supposed to be the time for the super-G, in which Weibrecht, of Lake Placid, and Biesemeyer are both set to race. Now the super-G is a day later: 11 a.m. Friday Korea time, 9 p.m. Thursday Eastern time.

Those rescheduled times are still dependent on the changing weather.

“I am pretty sure,” men’s race director Markus Waldner said with a wry smile Monday, “that soon, we will have a race.”

Racing is set to begin Tuesday with the men’s combined, followed by the women’s slalom Wednesday, Korea time.