Final women's downhill training cancelled
The final women's downhill training was cancelled Saturday to protect the world championship course in Val d'Isère, France, for Sunday's race (CBCSports.ca, bold, 7 a.m. ET).
The women have already had two training sessions. The first was won by Swiss teenager Lara Gut, with Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. leading the second session ahead of Marie Marchand-Arvier of France and Andrea Fischbacher of Austria.
The slalom portion of Friday's super-combi race ruined the lower section of the Rhone-Alpes course and organizers brought course workers onto the track Friday night and even some snowcats to rework the section. However, warm temperatures prevented the course from freezing overnight into the hard surface required.
"The snow was just way too soft this morning in that hard right boot turn where they had the slalom start yesterday and they did a ton of work all the way to the finish to smooth out the bumps, but it didn't get cold enough to harden the surface," said women's U.S. Ski Team head coach Jim Tracy.
"It was a good decision. Running another training run today would just beat it up some more and at this point we've had two training runs and the super combined, so the girls know what they need to do. It's better that they get some rest and that we have a solid track to race on tomorrow."