Beaver Creek men's downhill cancelled due to high wind in Colorado

Strong wind led to the cancellation of a men's World Cup downhill race Sunday at Beaver Creek, Colo. The start time was delayed three times in the hope the wind would settle down on an otherwise sunny afternoon.

Potential for rescheduling of World Cup event unknown

Canada's Broderick Thompson, pictured during Friday's men's downhill in Beaver Creek, Colo., didn't have a chance to race in Sunday's event, which was cancelled due to high wind. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Strong wind led to the cancellation of a men's World Cup downhill race Sunday at Beaver Creek, Colo.

It wasn't immediately known when, or if, the downhill will be rescheduled.

Initially, the starting point of the downhill was lowered on the hill due to wind gusts that reached approximately 72 kilometres per hour. The start time was delayed three times in the hope the wind would settle down on an otherwise sunny afternoon.

This marked the first race cancelled at Birds of Prey due to high wind since the downhill in 2010. The races last season were called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Birds of Prey also was scrubbed because of unseasonably warm weather in 2016 and '01. In 2008, the super-combined was cancelled because of a snowstorm.

Beaver Creek still got three races in, picking up a cancelled downhill from Lake Louise, Alta. Marco Odermatt of Switzerland won a super-G on Thursday. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway captured the super-G on Friday and a downhill race Saturday.

The men's World Cup circuit heads to Val d'Isere, France, for a giant slalom and slalom next weekend.

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