Bad weather conditions caused the cancellation of the events in Val d’Isère and St-Moritz this Sunday.
The two Alpine Skiing World Cup races scheduled for Sunday, the men’s slalom in Val d’Isère and the women’s super-G in St-Moritz in Switzerland, were canceled due to poor weather conditions overnight, said the International Ski Federation (FIS).
“Due to the current track conditions after overnight rain and snowfall and to ensure the safety and fairness of the runners, the jury has decided to cancel the slalom scheduled for today», Indicated Sunday morning an FIS spokesperson on the Telegram network.
A few minutes later, the FIS also announced the cancellation of the women’s super-G in St. Moritz.due to a drastic change in track condition” And “to guarantee the safety of athletes“.
“Really disappointed, we’re a little confused», Reacted the French Olympic champion Clément Noël, at his home in Val d’Isère. “It’s a shame, I felt good and I especially wanted to race in front of the French public“.
The Alpine Skiing World Cup continues its disastrous start to the season, particularly among the men, who see a seventh race canceled out of nine initially scheduled. The women have so far been a little luckier in terms of the weather with only three races canceled for nine contested.
At the end of October, the giant men’s opening event in Sölden, Austria had to be canceled due to the wind. Then there were the downhills (men and women) in Zermatt in Switzerland and the men’s races in Beaver Creek in the United States which could not take place due to bad weather conditions.
“It’s very frustrating not to run, for all the work it represents in terms of organization», Estimated Frenchman Victor Muffat-Jeandet. “We may have to find avenues for the future because many times there is a lot of effort for no show at the end.“.
In fact, the men were only able to ski one slalom in Gurgl in Austria in mid-November and a giant in Val d’Isère on Saturday. The pure speed specialists have not yet been able to put on a bib.
These multiple cancellations are a headache for the FIS, which is struggling to reschedule races in an already very busy calendar.
If a giant and a men’s downhill were able to be rescheduled, the five other canceled men’s races (three downhills, a super-G and Sunday’s slalom) and the three women’s races (two downhills, a super-G) are not yet sure to be reprogrammed.
The World Cup continues on Thursday in Val Gardena in Italy for the men while the women meet in Val d’Isère on Saturday.