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|The only two-run sprint downhill scheduled for the women’s World Cup this season has been called off after training was canceled for a second straight day on Friday. The international ski federation replaced Saturday’s event with a one-run downhill from a lowered start as the mandatory training session will now be held immediately before that race.
”It’s a pity Authentic Alex McGough Jersey ,” said FIS women’s race director Atle Skaardal, adding that the traditional downhill scheduled for Sunday remained unaffected. That race will be the last before the Pyeongchang Games open next week. The women’s Olympic downhill is scheduled for Feb. 21.
Once used as an emergency solution when conditions made a proper downhill impossible, the federation is attempting to turn the two-run race on a shortened course into a regular format at the World Cup.
The 30-fastest racers from the opening leg get to start in reverse order in the final run, making sure the winner will only be known when the last racer has come down. The new format could possibly replace the unpopular combined event, which adds results of one downhill or super-G run with one slalom run.
The last downhill with two runs was held in Zauchensee, Austria, two years ago, also as a late replacement for a regular race. The event was won by 2010 Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn.
Organizers first delayed Friday’s training by 2 + hours before calling it off Authentic Sebastian Janikowski Jersey , a day after bad weather canceled the first session. Course workers needed more time as the slope had too many weak spots after Thursday’s rain and snowfall.
”The hill transformed in some places during inspection” on Friday morning, Skaardal said. ”I am confident we have a good race track ready for tomorrow.”
On Saturday, the 44 racers will do a training run over the full Kandahar course, but it will be shortened by 750 meters (820 yards) for the race two hours later.
”Doing two runs from the top shortly after each other would be too much,” Skaardal said.
Sunday’s race will be held over the full distance of nearly 3 kilometers (1.8 miles).
The first women’s World Cup speed races in 2018 were doubtful on Friday as the snow on parts of the course was still too weak after heavy rain this week and mild temperatures. The lower section of the Karnten-Franz Klammer course was not hard enough to stage the mandatory training for a downhill.
”It’s a difficult situation right now with the way the snow is and how they prepared the course,” Lindsey Vonn told The Associated Press. ”I am not sure if we are going to be able to get a race off, but they are definitely trying as hard as they can.”
The American standout added ”the top is good but the bottom is not safe to race.”
Organizers swapped the program for this weekend by pushing back the downhill to Sunday and rescheduling a super-G for Saturday.
The first downhill training on Thursday was cancelled and a race can be staged only after competitors have at least one training run on the entire course.
Only a shortened run of less than 40 seconds was held on Friday on the upper hill, which included the steep Klammer Stich with a 73-percent grade. Training on the rest of the course was planned for Saturday after the super-G.
”Of course we all want to race but the conditions have to be good Authentic Byron Maxwell Jersey ,” Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein said. ”I hope there will be a clear decision tomorrow morning, not postponing and waiting.”
As the skiers’ representatives this weekend, Vonn and Weirather will be talking to the race jury on Saturday when decisions are made.
”We have a strong voice,” said Vonn, adding the races should not be staged at all costs with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang only a month away.
The last time Bad Kleinkirchheim hosted the World Cup, in 2015, both races were cancelled because of heavy winds.
Austria’s Christina Ager posted the fastest time in the short training session, followed by Sofia Goggia of Italy and Weirather.
Vonn Authentic Ed Dickson Jersey , who failed to reach a podium in five previous races here, was 22nd.
American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin, who leads the season’s downhill standings after two events, is sitting out this weekend’s races to rest.