The Latest: Olympic women's Alpine finally underway

Course workers slip the course before the first run of the Women's Giant Slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin takes part in an inspection of the course ahead of the women's slalom at Yongpyong alpine center at the 2018 Winter Ol

Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China perform in the pair figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

10 a.m.

The women's Alpine racing program at the Pyeongchang Olympics has finally begun with Manuela Moelgg of Italy starting the first run of the giant slalom.

Hampered by high wind and weather, the women's races have been postponed twice at the Yongpyong Alpine Center.

On a clear day with much less wind, Moelgg got things going. American standout Mikaela Shiffrin will be the No. 7 racer out of the starting gate. She's among the favorites in the giant slalom.

The second run is Thursday afternoon South Korea time.

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9:35 a.m.

Assuming the weather cooperates, there are nine medals up for grabs at the Olympics, including the women's giant slalom, where Mikaela Shiffrin is set to make her Pyeongchang debut.

Only one of four scheduled Alpine races has been run so far because of strong winds at both hills being used for the Winter Games. Both the women's giant slalom and the men's downhill are to be held Thursday.

It's also the finale of the pairs figure-skating competition, where Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China have a slim lead over Russian skaters Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov heading into the free skate. Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are in third, but several teams are still within reach of the podium.

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