First World Cup Race of the Season Takes Place

The men’s GS race in Soelden in Austria took place on Sunday. Heavy rain in the Austrian resort led to the women’s GS race being called off on Saturday. UPDATED

The Swiss racer and current overall World Cup champion, Marco Odermatt, won the race.

Zan Kranjec from Slovenia was second with the Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen in third place.

“I was not sure the lead was enough, this was really a big fight. The snow got worse and worse. Everybody made some mistakes,” said Odermatt after his victory.

“You have to be mentally prepared. You have to face the challenge.”

The full results can be found on the FIS web site.

The women’s 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.

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 underway on Sunday after an improvement in the weather.

We will bring you the results later.

It was 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.


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