Bad weather cancels women’s World Cup downhill
December 19, 2009
VAL D’ISERE, France – Lindsey Vonn’s quest for a third consecutive downhill victory has been put on hold after bad weather forced organizers to cancel Saturday’s World Cup race.
The race on the Oreiller-Killy course was rescheduled twice before being called off because of strong winds, poor visibility and snowfall.
A new date has yet to be set for the race, which is likely to be moved to another venue later this season. The next women’s downhill on the calendar is at Haus im Ennstal, Austria on Jan. 9.
A super G is still scheduled for Sunday, with weather forecasts predicting good conditions in the French Alps.
Vonn, the two-time defending overall World Cup champion, won the first two downhills of the season, in Lake Louise, Alberta, and triumphed in Friday’s super combined. She is tied for first place with Maria Riesch of Germany in the overall standings with 521 points.
The 25-year-old American dominated both downhill training sessions earlier this week. She won downhills at Val d’Isere in 2005 and 2006.