Rain and snowfall worn out the primary women’s race of the Alpine skiing’s World Cup season Saturday in Sölden, Austria, and made the lads’s occasion for the following day uncertain.
Wet snow on the Austrian glacier affected the visibility on the softened course and made a protected race unattainable.
Organizers initially delayed the deliberate begin time of 10 a.m. by one hour however determined to name off the race quickly after as situations did not enhance.
“This was the worst-case situation — however this occurred precisely,” FIS women’s race director Peter Gerdol mentioned. “We had a few hours of rain tonight after which this moist snow round 5 – 6 o’clock this morning, so the floor was truly too delicate to ensure a protected race.”
The big slalom will probably be rescheduled at one other venue, to be confirmed “in a number of days,” based on Gerdol.
Weather situations had been anticipated to enhance within the afternoon, permitting organizers to begin making ready the course for the lads’s race on Sunday.
Chief of race Rainer Gstrein mentioned they could want to make use of water and salt to make the weakened course appropriate once more for a World Cup race.
“It’s going to be a significant effort,” Gstrein advised Austrian broadcaster ORF.
It is the primary time since 2006 that the women’s race of the normal season-opening weekend in Austria was canceled. The males’s race was most not too long ago referred to as off in 2017 and 2018.
“Well, we’re making an attempt. We’re all able to go, every part’s been packed up,” Mikaela Shiffrin mentioned in a video posted on her Twitter account.
“But the race has been cancelled as a result of, sadly, it is actually, actually, actually moist exterior. But air smells contemporary and that is good however we can’t be racing in the present day.”
Shiffrin gained the normal season opener on the Rettenbach glacier final 12 months and the American went on to win the general World Cup title for a fourth time.
In an identical situation, Marco Odermatt triumphed within the males’s race and the Swiss skier grew to become total champion for the primary time final season.