Olympics 2018: Windy evening in store for men's and women's cross-country ski sprint events

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
February 13, 2018, 1:11:57 AM EST

The men and women competing for cross-country sprint medals will compete amid windy conditions on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Cross-country skiing is the oldest type of skiing and developed into a sport in the 19th century.

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Skiers compete during the men's 15km/15km skiathlon cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

For the women's event, Norwegian Maiken Caspersen Falla will try to defend her 2014 Sochi gold medal.

The men's competition also features a returning Sochi gold-medalist, Ola Vigen Hattestad, from Norway.

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Strong winds from the west will gust at times, adding a noticeable headwind and/or tailwind throughout parts of the course, AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said.

Winds could blast up to 30 mph at times. The strongest winds will unfold in the afternoon to early evening as the athletes take to the course.

It will be a milder day than recent with a high near or slightly above 0 C (32 F).

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