Big air. Big victories. Big emotion: They're all par for the course at any Olympics. Big winds, on the other hand, are a big problem. Over the past few days Pyeongchang, home of the 2018 Winter Games, has seen wind gusts up to 45 mph — more than enough to wreak havoc with winter sports that remain on the ground, let alone those where athletes fling themselves into the air. The high winds prompted the postponement of the women's giant slalom race, a major downhill event. But the International Ski Federation, or FIS, still sent female snowboarders to compete in the slopestyle event — a decision that has been much criticized after the event, as NPR's Melissa Block reported from Pyeongchang. The winds created "treacherous conditions," Melissa says: "And...
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Olympic Organizers Face Blowback Over How They Handled High Winds