Unfortunately, the Bansko World Cup slalom race had to be canceled after 31 competitors completed their runs due to severe rain, strong winds, and deteriorating conditions. FIS Referee Markus Waldner stated that the conditions were too dangerous for the remaining racers and there was no improvement in sight based on the forecast. The decision to cancel the race was made in the interest of fairness and safety for the athletes.
Despite challenging conditions, a large crowd gathered at the start of the day with athletes eager to compete. The first 31 racers struggled to produce runs close to Clement Noel’s leading time, with many battling poor visibility and wet goggles. Noel maintained his composure after a bobble towards the bottom section of the course, maintaining a strong lead over the field.
After careful consideration of the forecast for the second run, FIS Referee Markus Waldner determined that it would be unfair and unsafe for the athletes to continue racing. The next slalom race will take place at Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup on February 25th.