22nd October 2022
Heavy rain in the Austrian resort of Soelden has led to the women’s GS race being called off. The men’s race is still set to take place on Sunday. NEW
The race was due to start at 9am UK time on Saturday.
“Due to current weather conditions and forecasts, the jury and the local organizing committee have decided to cancel the women’s giant of the day,” said the organisers in a statement.
“We had a couple of hours of rain tonight and then wet snow early morning. So the course was too soft to guarantee a safe race.”
On Friday the course was closed with no training allowed and strong winds prevented the lifts from running.
— Skiweltcup.TV (@skiweltcup_tv) October 22, 2022
We previewed the race and the snow conditions across the Alps in this earlier article on PlanetSKI:
Plus looked at the race season ahead:
The men’s race is expected to go ahead as planned on Sunday as the forecast predicts an improvement in the weather.
The first run is scheduled for 7am UK time, with the second one at 10am.
This is the first cancellation since 2018 when the men’s race was called off.
The last time the women’s race was cancelled in Soelden was in 2006.
The race will now take place later in the season at another resort.
The World Cup alpine ski race season has started in Soelden in the Tirol for the past 20 years.
They are seen as an early indicator of form.
The US skier, Mikaela Shiffrin, won last year and she went on to win the overall World Cup title.
In the men’s event the Swiss racer, Marco Odermatt, won and he went on to win the overall title.