The cancellation of the men’s World Cup slalom in Bansko, Bulgaria due to heavy rain has left many questions unanswered. In the opening run, 31 starters raced on the Tomba course, with Olympic champion Clement Noel leading the race. Despite the challenging conditions, Noel maintained his lead throughout the race.
The International Ski and Snowboard Federation decided to interrupt the event after conditions did not improve, ultimately calling it off. It remains uncertain whether the race will be rescheduled. The next two slaloms are set to take place in Palisades Tahoe on Feb. 25 and in Aspen on March 3 in the United States.
During the race, wet snow and heavy rain softened the course, making it more difficult for racers to maintain control. After eight racers completed their first run, no one was able to finish within two seconds of Noel’s lead. Norwegian racer Timon Haugan came in second place, just .27 seconds behind Noel, while Henrik Kristoffersen trailed in third with a .38-second difference. Manuel Feller, who leads the discipline standings after seven races, finished fifth place with a 1.30-second deficit from Noel’s lead. This is now the second slalom this season that had to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
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