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Gate flags bend in the wind after high winds delayed the start of the mixed team parallel skiing event at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, in Beijing’s Yanqing district. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

BEIJING (AP) — The latest news on the Beijing Winter Olympics:

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The final alpine ski race of the Beijing Olympics is delayed due to strong winds.

The start of the team event was pushed back an hour to 11 a.m. local time on Saturday – when it was originally due to start before a forecast of windy conditions prompted organizers to try to start at 10 a.m. time.

Gusts of about 25 mph (40 km/h) kick up snow near the bottom of the racetrack known as “Ice River” at the National Alpine Skiing Center in the Yanqing area.

The temperature is zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius) and feels like minus 8 Fahrenheit (minus 22 Celsius).

Mikaela Shiffrin is on the roster for USA, who will face Slovakia in the first round. The other first-round matchups are Switzerland v China, Italy v Russia, Norway v Poland, France v Czech Republic, Germany v Sweden and Slovenia v Canada.

Top-seeded Austria received a first-round bye as there are only 15 nations in the 16-place bracket.

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