Heavy rain forced the cancellation of a men’s World Cup slalom in Bansko, Bulgaria after just 31 starters in the opening run. This allowed Olympic champion Clement Noel to take the lead. The International Ski and Snowboard Federation decided to interrupt and eventually called 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 eight racers finished, no one was able to come within two seconds of Noel’s lead, a significant time difference for a slalom race. Norwegian racer Timon Haugan was .27 seconds behind, while 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 now the second slalom this season that has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
The next events will be held in Norway with a downhill and super-G in Kvitfjell next weekend for those interested in staying updated on this sport more information about AP skiing can be found at https://apnews.com/hub/alpine-skiing