Men’s World Cup giant slalom canceled by thick fog
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
ADELBODEN, Switzerland – Thick fog forced the cancellation of a World Cup giant slalom race Saturday after 58 of 66 scheduled racers completed the first run.
The International Ski Federation called off the race after deciding the course would not be safe for the final skiers. World Cup rules state the entire field must complete the first run before a second leg can be rescheduled.
The start had already been delayed for 80 minutes because of poor visibility.
Ted Ligety of the United States was fifth after leading off the race wearing bib No. 1.
“It’s kind of intimidating going first when you have that many (delays),” Ligety said.
Bode Miller, who started No. 32, skied out before halfway down in his first World Cup race following a three-week break to rest his injured right ankle.
Miller had hoped to secure a top-10 finish to confirm his place in the U.S. Olympic team in the giant slalom.
FIS men’s race director Guenter Hujara said the race could be made up at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, which will stage a giant slalom and slalom on Jan. 30-31.
Italy’s Davide Simoncelli led after racing a shortened course in 56.08 seconds, 0.27 faster than Marcel Hirscher of Austria. Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic was third.
FIS officials and Adeloboden organizers quickly ruled out restarting the race on Monday because of logistical problems. Downhill training was moved up a day to Tuesday because of poor weather forecasts for the prestigious Lauberhorn races next weekend.
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