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High winds and big chill put Winter Olympic hopes on ice for now

News Summed Up 2018-02-13 05:30:00

Extreme weather and illness have made Irish athletes wait to make their Olympic debuts in South Korea. Tess Arbez, 20, was due to compete in the giant slalom yesterday but it was postponed after 100mph winds and temperatures of -20C (-4F) at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre in PyeongChang. Thomas Westgaard’s Games might be over because of illness Quinn Rooney/Getty ImagesArbez is one of five athletes competing for Ireland at this year’s games. Born in France, she was eligible to compete because her grandfather Francis Neerman grew up in Dublin. She said: “I will have some free-skiing on the race slope today and don’t mind the delay.”High winds have been a constant headache for organisers.