Strong winds cancel women's World Cup downhill

Updated: January 12, 2007, 9:26 AM ET
Associated Press

ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria -- A women's World Cup downhill was canceled Friday due to heavy winds.

Only Dominique Gisin of Switzerland had started before organizers canceled the event.

"These extreme windy conditions made a fair competition impossible, so the only thing we could do is cancel the race," women's World Cup director Atle Skaardal said.

The race had been delayed for more than two hours after heavy winds and snowfall caused poor visibility at the upper parts of the course.

Organizers lowered the starting point, which shortened the course from 3,005 meters to 1,900 meters.

"The weather should get better, so I hope we can prepare the course on time for Saturday's super-combi and Sunday's super-G," Skaardal said.

Earlier, a men's World Cup super-combi in Wengen, Switzerland, was canceled due to overnight rain and warm temperatures.

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