Unfortunately, the Bansko World Cup slalom race had to be canceled after 31 competitors completed their runs due to heavy rainfall, strong winds, and deteriorating conditions. FIS Referee Markus Waldner explained that the remaining racers would have faced unsafe conditions and that the forecast did not show any signs of improvement. The decision was made in the interest of fairness and safety for the athletes.
Despite the challenging conditions, there was a large crowd in the stands and many athletes were prepared to compete. 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 maintained his composure even after a bobble toward the bottom section of the course, giving him a commanding lead over the field.
After careful consideration of the forecast for the second run, FIS Referee Markus Waldner determined that it would be unfair and unsafe for the athletes to continue competing. The next slalom race will take place at the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup on February 25th.