Women's slopestyle marred by harsh elements, resulting in 41 runs with falls or bails

The governing body of world skiing is being hit hard with questions about why it allowed the women's slopestyle event to go ahead amid bitter winds and iced-over jumps.

Forty-one of the 50 runs ended with either a rider falling or bailing out because she could not build up enough speed to reach the crest of a jump.

International Ski Federation spokeswoman Jenny Wiedeke said only one team "voiced concerns'' about going ahead with the event. She declined to name the country. It was different at the end of the runs when riders complained openly in the mix zone, the area where athletes speak to reporters.

Wiedeke said "we know it was very difficult conditions for the riders.'' She said "no athlete is forced to go down and compete.''

Wiedeke said the federation has concussion protocols and "most teams come with their own doctors. Those that don't, there are local doctors on hand and we also have an official FIS doctor. So there are plenty of people on hand to diagnose if they feel it's necessary.''

She also acknowledged the course was very difficult, even in perfect conditions.

Wiedeke said "at the Olympic Games we set our courses to the highest international standard. We're very pleased with the entire course-building process. Very cold temperatures here have created ideal snow conditions for our events.''

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