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Aspen World Cup downhill a go

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times

ASPEN ” Aspen Mountain will have a downhill after all.

After being snowed out Friday, Ruthie’s run will host a World Cup downhill Saturday at 10:45 a.m., Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle confirmed shortly after 8 a.m.

Vail’s Lindsey Vonn, who posted the two fastest times in training Wednesday and Thursday, is considered the front-runner. She’ll start 17th, one spot ahead of teammate Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley, Calif.

More than two feet of snow has fallen in Aspen in the last 36 hours, according to the Skico. Persistent precipitation coupled with low visibility forced Aspen Winternational chief of race Jim Hancock and officials from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and International Ski Federation to cancel the race Friday.

Hancock said Friday that crews “were overmatched,” by the storm and his confidence wavered when assessing the chances of hosting a downhill ” the first in Aspen since 1995 and first here for the women in nearly 20 years ” this weekend.

It looks as though the weather has finally cooperated.