Alpine

Super G Scrubbed for Wednesday

by
USSA
2015-02-04 10:10
 

BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 4, 2015) - Increasing snowfall and wind conspired to cause a postponement of the scheduled men’s super G Wednesday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek. The race is rescheduled for 11 a.m. MST Thursday. Men's downhill training, originally scheduled for Thursday, is canceled. The women's downhill training will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Live coverage on NBCSN is continuing as scheduled at 1 p.m. EST, with live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra featuring updates from Beaver Creek and highlights of Lindsey Vonn's bronze medal super G.


Snow coats the World Championships stands during inspection, before the race was declared canceled. (Cody Downard)

The forecasted storm came in early Wednesday morning, increasing in intensity as the athletes began inspection at 8:30 a.m. MST. Visibility remained adequate, according to most athletes, but heavy snowfall on the track itself and the sides of the course caused officials to call it off an hour before the scheduled 11:00 a.m. MST start.

QUOTES
Sasha Rearick

The forecast was for it to snow a lot. It didn’t. It snowed very little. But during inspection, it started to snow heavily and the wind picked up. The track was in good shape on the race line, but the low line needed a lot of work. 

The jury made a decision on the forecast that’s coming in. It was going to be a less than fair race with the conditions, so they decided to postpone for tomorrow.

If it doesn’t snow too much, they’ll leave the course in place. It’ll be the same course. If it snows a lot and they have to bring cats in to move snow off the entire hill, they’ll have to re-set. It will be the same course setter.

I think it’s a nice course set. It has some swing on the top, which challenged the technical skiers. But there’s one technical section right at pumhouse, where you have to ski smart. Then there was more traditional super G that flowed with the hill nicely. There, the athletes can really charge and move with the terrain naturally. It was a nice set.

Some of the guys are out freeskiing a bit, doing a couple laps—pre-race work that they normally do. We had training available in Vail, but we decided as a team to not do that. We’ll save the energy for the rest of Worlds. 

I’d be very surprised if the race doesn’t get rescheduled for tomorrow. The [bib numbers] will be redrawn.

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