Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup giant slalom, in Alta Badia, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
Marco Trovati
December 20, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Organizers for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang say that the construction of a gondola will be completed in time for the Alpine test event in February.

A men's World Cup downhill and super-G are scheduled to be held at the Jeongseon resort on Feb. 6-7.

Pyeongchang organizers say they are working with an Austrian manufacturer ''on a tight schedule to complete the installation of the gondola by 20 January.''

Having voiced concern, the International Ski Federation has set a deadline of Jan. 20 to decide if the races will be confirmed.

Calling off the races would be a severe blow to the Winter Games' preparations.

Organizers say snow-making on the course began Wednesday and ''the systems will be operated in full capacity through January to meet the snow quality required for World Cup races.''

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