June 16, 2024

Women and Men’s Downhill Training Canceled at World Cup in Austria; Excitement Builds for Remaining Races

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World Cup finals cancel downhill training to preserve slope ahead of speed races

The women’s and men’s downhill trainings at the World Cup finals in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria were canceled on Thursday. Although the sessions on Wednesday proceeded as planned, due to elevated temperatures and the prediction of more rain, the decision was made to cancel the trainings on Thursday in order to protect the slope before the upcoming speed races.

The focus now shifts to the remaining races at the World Cup finals in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Lara Gut-Behrami, who has already clinched the women’s overall and giant slalom titles, holds a 69-point lead in the super-G standings. She also leads the downhill standings with a 19-point advantage over Sofia Goggia, who is unable to compete for the rest of the season after an injury in February, and is 68 points ahead of Stephanie Venier. Marco Odermatt, another Swiss skier, has secured his third consecutive overall championship and the giant slalom title weeks ago. He leads by 81 points in the super-G standings and 42 points in the downhill standings.

Excitement remains high as athletes prepare for these remaining races at Saalbach-Hinterglemm, with championships and standings on line. With two super-G races scheduled for Friday (women’s downhill on Saturday and men’s downhill on Sunday), it promises to be intense as skiers vie for top honors in their respective disciplines. The cancellation of men’s and women’s downhill trainings may have put a damper on their preparation but it did not dampen their spirits as they look forward to racing against each other once again at this final event of the season.

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