Originally, the departure for this Sunday would have been scheduled for 4:00 a.m. (11:00 a.m. local time). However, due to strong gusts of wind, the race was first postponed to 5:00 a.m., then to 6:00 a.m. There was a third attempt at 7:00 a.m. That was also the last possible start time. At 6 a.m. the decision was made to finally cancel the departure.
For the Austrian men’s racing director Andreas Puelacher, the cancellation was the right decision. “I just slipped down now, and it was just so inconsistent. Not only would it have been unfair, it would also have been dangerous.”
The day before, it had already been said that postponements would be possible, since the forecast predicted that the wind would only weaken around midday. FIS Chief Race Director Markus Waldner said that the races should be as fair as possible. The alpine competitions at the Winter Games in China do not start as planned. Due to the icy wind in the Alpine Center in Yanqing, a start was unthinkable.