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World Cup Downhill Skiers Prepare for Championship Races Amid Canceled Trainings in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria

World Cup finals cancel downhill training to preserve slope ahead of speed races

World Cup Downhill Skiers Prepare for Championship Races Amid Canceled Trainings in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria

The men’s and women’s downhill trainings at the World Cup finals in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria were canceled on Thursday. The sessions on Wednesday proceeded as planned, but due to elevated temperatures and the prediction of more rain, the decision was made to cancel the trainings on Thursday in order to protect the slope before the upcoming speed races.

The focus now shifts to the upcoming races at the World Cup finals in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. With both men’s and women’s downhill trainings canceled, athletes are preparing for the remaining races with championships and standings on the line. Despite the cancellations, excitement remains high as skiers vie for top honors in their respective disciplines.

In the super-G standings, Lara Gut-Behrami holds a 69-point lead over Sofia Goggia, who is unable to compete for the rest of the season after an injury in February. She also leads the downhill standings with a 19-point advantage over Goggia and is 68 points ahead of Stephanie Venier. Marco Odermatt has secured his third consecutive overall championship and giant slalom title weeks ago and leads by 81 points in super-G standings and 42 points in downhill standings.

The cancellation of training was necessary to ensure safety and condition of slope for speed races as weather conditions pose a risk. However, this did not dampen excitement for upcoming races as athletes are already gearing up for their respective disciplines.

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