olympics

Wengen downhill training cancelled

Unwelcome delay as skiers prepare for the Winter Olympics

Reuters
17:23 January 9, 2018

Lausanne: The first men’s World Cup downhill training run in Wengen was cancelled on Tuesday because of snow and high winds, organisers said.

Overnight winds of up to 200kph also meant there was significant damage to infrastructure on the course, notably at the finish area where tents and the stands were hit. The piste itself was unaffected.

There are two more downhill training runs scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday before Friday’s combined (downhill followed by a slalom), with a downhill set for Saturday and a slalom rounding off competition on Sunday.

It is an unwelcome delay as skiers prepare for the Winter Olympics.