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Slalom Showdown Cut Short: Bansko World Cup Race Halts After 31 Competitors Complete First Runs


Feb 11, 2024
Bansko World Cup Slalom Cancelled Due to Safety Concerns and Heavy Rainfall

Unfortunately, the Bansko World Cup slalom race was canceled after 31 competitors completed their runs due to heavy rainfall, strong winds, and deteriorating conditions. FIS Referee Markus Waldner explained that the conditions were unsafe for the remaining racers and the forecast did not show any signs of improvement. The decision to cancel the race was made in the interest of fairness and safety for the athletes.

Despite the challenging conditions, a large crowd gathered in the stands and athletes prepared to compete at the start of the day. The first 31 racers struggled to produce runs that were close to Clement Noel’s leading time, with many of them battling visibility and wet goggles. Noel had a strong lead ahead of the field after his stellar performance, maintaining composure even after a bobble toward the bottom section of the course.

After careful consideration of the forecast for the second run, FIS Referee Markus Waldner decided to cancel the race. He noted that even worse conditions were expected for the second run, making it unfair and unsafe for the athletes to continue competing. The next slalom race will take place at Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup on February 25th.

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