Heavy rain forced the cancellation of the men’s World Cup slalom at BANSKO, Bulgaria on Sunday. Initially, event organizers delayed the race, but ultimately it was called off due to inconsistent conditions. The International Ski and Snowboard Federation emphasized the importance of the racers’ safety under such circumstances and it is unclear if the event will be rescheduled. The next two slaloms are scheduled to take place in the United States, with the first at Palisades Tahoe on February 25th and another in Aspen on March 3rd.
Rain continued to fall throughout the race at Tomba course, causing the top layer of snow to soften. The conditions worsened with each racer’s run, making it difficult for them to both race and finish. Despite some question about his performance, Olympic champion Clement Noel emerged as the leader with a significant time difference. Timon Haugan finished closely behind in second place, just 0.27 seconds behind Noel. Another Norwegian, Henrik Kristoffersen, finished in third place, 0.38 seconds behind the lead. Five skiers were more than a second behind, creating a significant gap in the rankings.
This is the second slalom this season that was cancelled due to premature weather conditions, following a similar incident in Val-d’Isère, France in December. The men’s World Cup skiing event is set to continue in Norway with a downhill and super-G at Kvitfjell next weekend for more information visit: https://apnews.com/hub/alpine-skiing