The rain led to the cancellation of a men’s World Cup slalom in Bansko, Bulgaria after only 31 starters finished the first run. This left Olympic champion Clement Noel in the lead. The International Ski and Snowboard Federation 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 the first eight racers, no one was able to finish 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 the second slalom this season that had to be cancelled due to poor weather.
The next events will be held in Norway with a downhill and super-G in Kvitfjell next weekend. For those who want to stay updated on this sport, more information about AP skiing can be found at https://apnews.com/hub/alpine-skiing