A heavy downpour forced the cancellation of a men’s World Cup slalom in Bansko, Bulgaria after 31 skiers finished the opening run. This left Olympic champion Clement Noel leading the race. The International Ski and Snowboard Federation ultimately decided to interrupt and eventually call off the event as conditions did not improve.
It remains uncertain whether the race will be rescheduled. The next two slaloms are scheduled to take place in Palisades Tahoe on Feb. 25 and in Aspen on March 3 in the United States. The rain during the race and wet snow in the morning softened the Tomba course, worsening the track.
After finishing eighth, no one was able to come within two seconds of Noel’s lead, a significant time difference for a slalom race. Norwegian racer Timon Haugan was .27 seconds behind and Henrik Kristoffersen trailed in third with a .38-second difference. Manuel Feller, who leads the discipline standings after seven races, was 1.30 behind in fifth place. This is now the second slalom this season that had to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
The next events will take place in Norway with a downhill and super-G at Kvitfjell next weekend for those looking for updates on this sport more information can be found at https://apnews.com/hub/alpine-skiing