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

In Bansko, Bulgaria, heavy rain caused the cancellation of a men’s World Cup slalom after 31 starters in the opening run. Olympic champion Clement Noel led the race, and it is uncertain 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 Tomba course, worsening the track. After the first eight racers, no one was able to finish within two seconds of Noel’s lead, a significant time difference for a slalom race. Norwegian racer Timon Haugan was .27 seconds behind and Henrik Kristoffersen trailed in third with a .38-second difference. Manuel Feller, who leads the discipline standings after seven races, was 1.30 behind in fifth place. This is the second slalom this season that had to be cancelled due to poor weather.

The next events will be held in Norway with a downhill and super-G in Kvitfjell next weekend. For those who want to stay updated on this sport, more information about AP skiing can be found at https://apnews.com/hub/alpine-skiing.

By Editor

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