Wait a minute: Postponements test skiers' patience at worlds

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United States' Mikaela Shiffrin inspects the course prior to the women's super-G, at the alpine ski World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO – CORTINA D'Mikaela Shiffrin hates it. Marta Bassino gets nervous about it. Michelle Gisin, on the other hand, doesn’t mind.

Waiting.

With all events on the opening three days of the skiing world championships postponed, athletes have had their patience — not their racing skills — put to the test.

Four gold medals should have been handed out by Wednesday, but so far there have been no races.

The weather in the Italian Dolomites has been playing havoc with the race program, with heavy snow forcing the rescheduling of the combined events for both women and men, and the men’s super-G.

Too much snow hasn’t been the only issue.

When course workers had cleared the Olympia delle Trofane for the women’s super-G on Tuesday, a fog bank moved over the course and forced the postponement of that race as well — but not after the racers were made to wait for 1 1/2 hours.

The waiting got to Bassino, who was set to open the race wearing bib No. 1, needing to be ready once organizers would give the green light.