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Kitzbuehel loses second training run, weekend program changes

Finish area in Kitzbuehel (GEPA/Andreas Pranter)

Finish area in Kitzbuehel (GEPA/Andreas Pranter)

The second downhill training run in Kitzbuehel, Austria was canceled today (Jan. 22) after the jury decided to preserve the track in light of warm temperatures and very critical snow conditions. Although light snowfall blanketed the grass previously exposed alongside the track, conditions in Kitzbuehel are still highly tenuous heading into the weekend’s program of races.

Both FIS race director Guenter Hujara and the organizing committee have expressed the priority of holding the downhill and slalom races over the super G and super combined events on the schedule.

“Slalom and downhill have upmost priority,” stressed Hujara in the first team captain’s meeting.

After the cancellation of Wednesday’s training run, the jury changed the schedule of events for the races. They still hope for one completed downhill training run on Thursday (Jan. 23), followed by the slalom race on Friday (Jan. 24), downhill race on Saturday (Jan. 25), and super G plus super combined races Sunday (Jan. 26).

C.J. Feehan

Web Editor

As a USSA Level 300 alpine coach and race official, Christine J. Feehan spent over a decade training U14-FIS aged athletes at some of America's preeminent ski academies – Burke, Sugar Bowl, and Killington – before joining the staff at SkiRacing.com. She resides in Vermont when not living out of her duffel bag.

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