Third day of competition cancelled at Veysonnaz World Cup

High winds lead to cancellation of alpine skiing races for second consecutive day 17 Jan 2018
wide shot from the top of an alpine skiing slalom course

Veysonnaz will host the next edition of the 2018-2019 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup

ⒸLuc Percival

High winds continued in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, leading to the cancellation of the competition for a second successive day on 17 January at the fourth World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup. Slalom races were due to start today.

Race Director Ali Bombardier said: “The wind at 7:30am was very strong and the gusts were more than 80km an hour, meaning the gondola was not able to operate. The forecast is for increasing winds today and dropping tonight.

“There is also 20cm of fresh snow that would need to be removed - slipped or shoveled off the course to make it safe. Visibility due to the combination of wind and snow was low and another factor in the decision to cancel.

“All decisions are based on the safety for the athletes and looking to provide a fair playing field. Neither could be provided today.

“We are planning to race the slalom events tomorrow (18 January), we will have a team captain’s meeting at 5pm to prepare for the race. The decision will be made tomorrow morning.”

The World Cup in Veysonnaz opened with a dramatic day of giant slalom races on 15 January, in which Japan’s Taki Morii and Norway’s Jesper Pedersen finished tied for gold in the men’s sitting category, but there has been no further action since then.

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