Alpine skiing men’s downhill competition postponed because of reasons, why said no more than no more?
The men’s downhill alpine skiing competition, which was scheduled to start at 11 o ‘clock on June 6, was postponed due to bad weather.Alpine skiing, one of the most eye-catching events at the opening ceremony, suffered a setback on its opening day.A large screen shows the postponement of the men’s downhill event at the finish line of the alpine speed course on Feb. 6.Why can’t a Winter Olympic-level competition be better than it is?In fact, there is a saying in the ice sports world that no alpine race is complete without a postponement.Even no snowsport is complete without experiencing delays.In the Winter Olympics, where snow events account for 70 percent, the weather is an inescapable topic.”We need to remember that we are playing an outdoor sport.”After the postponement was announced, Italy team manager Massimo Rinaldi told reporters at the finish line, “You see us standing here, it’s a fine day, not cold, not windy.But today I went up to the top of the mountain, where the wind is sometimes blowing, sometimes not, and the direction is very chaotic.It was the same in the middle of the course, especially in the Sugar jump.””The top of the mountain,” rinaldi calls it, is the starting point of the men’s downhill race.A staff member slides down the piste after the postponement of the men’s downhill competition on February 6.The alpine skiing events of the Beijing Winter Olympics will be held at Xiaohaituo Mountain in the northwest suburb of Beijing, which is near the Badaling Great Wall and belongs to the mountainous area of Beijing.Xiao Haituo Mountain is 2198 meters above sea level, and the men’s downhill is the only event that starts from the top.Of the 11 events in alpine skiing, it has the highest altitude drop and the longest length, and its riders can ski at a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour or more.In the words of a track technical official, the skis “scraped the surface of the snow and sounded like an airplane taking off” as the runners passed them.The chaotic wind described by Rinaldi is called “gusty wind” by athletes in English and “gusty wind” in Chinese.Every time the word is uttered, coaches, athletes and technical officials make a gesture to describe the actual physical sensation of the wind on the mountain.”Whew!”Markus Waldner, alpine skiing’s chief judge, raised his arms, waved from right to left, and let out a long breath. “It could blow you sideways,” he said.It’s the kind of thing that would have given race organizers a headache at the Sugar jump.The Honey Jump is a jump point on the downhill track called the Rock.Runners encounter it about halfway up the ski after starting at nearly 2,200 meters above sea level.The jumping point refers to the area where the skater needs to take off, take off for a short time, and then land and continue sliding due to the large slope.These spots are TV viewers’ favorite parts, where the most exciting scenes of the “Flying Men” on the snow take place.Marko Pfiefner of Liechtenstein competes in the first training session of the men’s downhill on February 3.But Waldner keeps an eye on the weather at those points every day.”There are weather stations on every slope.”He said the stations, run by the Beijing Winter Olympics organizing Committee’s meteorological support team in Yanqing, will glide eight stations along a course of about three kilometers.”The INTERNATIONAL Snow Federation requires one every three or four hundred meters.We get hourly forecasts from these places.The start of the slide, all the jumps, the finish, all the places where the weather can affect the safety of the athletes.”The weather information, including journalists, technical officials and athletes, can be found on the Winter Olympics App, which is available in Chinese and English.Weather phenomena, temperature, gust speed, average speed, visibility and other factors are listed above.On The 5th, the third official training of men’s downhill was cancelled due to strong wind. The reporter rushed to check the weather of the starting point of men’s downhill on the 6th, and it showed that the wind would decrease after 11:00.Waldner also said: “Tomorrow’s weather is very promising.”On The 6th, the data on the app was consistent with the previous day’s forecast, but the game did not start.From 11 o ‘clock to 12 o ‘clock, then 13 o ‘clock, 14 o ‘clock.After three postponements, the match was adjourned.An INTERNATIONAL Snow Federation official said this was due to higher weather requirements for official competitions than for official training.”In fact, the wind was statistically weaker today than yesterday.But it’s a race and it’s a one-skis style, so we want to make sure that the weather conditions are fair for each skater. You don’t want one skater coming off with no wind and the next skater coming off with a lot of wind.”The official explained that the main reason for postponing the race was that many of the five judges on the course with a drop of nearly 900 meters judged that the gusty conditions were not conducive to a safe and fair race.Many track workers say the organization of events in alpine skiing is a dynamic process, not a judgment based on monitoring data or simulation.Just as in weather forecasting, different computer programs may produce different results, which ultimately need to be corrected by the forecaster.In the end, it’s people who decide.A skier tries skiing at yanqing National Alpine Ski Center in Yanqing, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Feb. 3, 2019.The situation on May 5 seems to prove this point.On that day, three competitors completed the official training.Alexander Hird of Norway, who started third, said he felt “the wind coming from all directions, even when I was jumping I could feel it coming from below”, which made him sometimes too fast and sometimes too slow.After Heald, the referees’ committee stopped training.That was supported by Heard, but many of the subsequent skaters expressed a different opinion.”I’m a little upset,” Germany’s Dominik Schweiger said. “It’s a little windy, but I think I can handle it. Why not give us another chance?””We put a lower limit on the temperature that is suitable for the competition, but it is difficult to measure the wind with one set of criteria,” explained IAF communications director Jeanne Vidke.That’s why you have judges at different altitudes on the track.”Sometimes decisions are made based on rules and sometimes only on experience.”She said.According to THE RULES of the INTERNATIONAL Snow Federation, the referee committee has the right to decide whether to postpone, postpone or cancel a competition.The committee is an event decision-making body composed of federation officials and multi-national (regional) professionals.China’s meteorological support team provides weather forecasting products.Xu Mingfu of China competes in the first training session of the men’s downhill alpine skiing event at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games on February 3, 2008.”The forecast is very professional, very good!”Without thinking, Waldner says, “We call the woman who advises us’ weather girl.When we thought it was going to be windy, she said it was going to be light and it was. It’s just impossible!”He hopes the weather girl will bring good luck to the event.Looking back at previous Winter Olympics, weather seems to be a perpetual spoiler.In 2018, the men’s downhill event in Pyeongchang was postponed for four days due to gale-force winds.In 2014, thick fog in Sochi delayed the start of events like the women’s Super G;In Vancouver in 2010, the men’s ski and women’s all-around events were postponed due to slushy snow caused by several days of rain and high temperature.In nagano in 1998, the men’s descent was postponed three times due to heavy snow, freezing rain and strong winds…These past events, and what is happening in the mountains, seem to serve as a constant reminder that skiing is still a sport played in nature, even as it has evolved from an ancient form of travel to one that is highly entertaining, or competitive and standardized.Nature, on the other hand, can never be standardized.On The afternoon of June 6, the referee committee announced that the men’s downhill competition would be held at 12 o ‘clock on July 7.(Xinhua)