Olympic champion Clement Noel leads before heavy rain cancels World Cup slalom with 31 starters

Unseasonal Rain Forces Cancellation of Men’s World Cup Slalom in Bansko, Bulgaria

In Bansko, Bulgaria, a men’s World Cup slalom was cancelled after heavy rain led to poor conditions on the Tomba course. After 31 starters in the opening run, Olympic champion Clement Noel led the race. However, the International Ski and Snowboard Federation decided to interrupt and eventually called off the event as conditions did not improve.

It is still unclear whether the race will be rescheduled. The next two slaloms are scheduled to take place in Palisades Tahoe on Feb. 25 and in Aspen on March 3 in the United States. The rain during the race and wet snow in the morning softened the course, making it difficult for racers to maintain their speed.

After eight racers completed the first run, no one was able to finish within two seconds of Noel’s lead, indicating a significant time difference for a slalom race. Norwegian racer Timon Haugan finished .27 seconds behind Noel while Henrik Kristoffersen trailed in third with a .38-second difference. Manuel Feller, who leads the discipline standings after seven races, finished fifth place, 1.30 seconds behind Noel’s lead. This is the second slalom this season that had to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

The next events will be held in Norway with a downhill and super-G in Kvitfjell next weekend. Those interested in staying updated on this sport can find more information about AP skiing at https://apnews.com/hub/alpine-skiing

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