MINNEAPOLIS - In the women's slopestyle snowboarding event, of the 25 competitors, only five completed their first run without falling.

All because of the wind.

"As you could see with the event today, it seemed a lot of unhappy coaches, spectators and athletes that if you get that gust at the wrong time, your run could be over. Where someone else could have better conditions and be able to stick the landing," said Buck Hill Ski Team Program Director Jacob Olsen.

Olsen says the decision to postpone some Olympic alpine skiing events amid wind gusts of 45 miles an hour is an important one for safety.

"With downhill in particular where they get some airtime, they get a jump. If you get a gust while in the air going 70-80 miles an hour, that can have a big impact on how you land it or don't land it," Olsen said.

Many people thought the Slopestyle event should have been postponed as well, as the wind visibly whipped Olympians through the air on their jumps.

Lindsey Vonn's first coach Erich Sailer says strong wind can affect race times by seconds in events where every hundredth of a second matters.

"It would cause her problems," Sailer said.

He's happy Lindsey won't have to deal with the wind.

"When it's good conditions and she doesn't have a problem, she cannot be beaten on a hill like that," Sailer said.

Race directors say there is some pressure to compete through the wind because of all the logistics involved in the Olympics. Right now there's no talk of extending the games.

Wind gusts again could top 40 miles per hour Tuesday and Wednesday. But Thursday and Friday are supposed to be a lot more calm for those rescheduled events.