RACING STARTS… THEN STOPS
27th October 2018 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
The men’s World Cup GS race was cancelled on Sunday due to the weather. The women were luckier on Saturday. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED
There was an inspection first thing in the morning and the course was declared fit for racing, albeit with a lower start gate.
Eyes will be on Lindsey Vonn who will retire at the end of the season.
She will be trying to beat record for the number of World Cup vistories held by Ingemark Stenmark, 86.
Vonn has 82.
The GB racer, Alex Tilley, took part but did not qulaify for the second run in Soelden.
Six of Tilley’s ten best career World Cup results came last season, including a 13th in Courchevel where she was fifth-fastest in the second run to prove her potential when she’s racing at her peak.
Charlie Raposo from Team GB was planning a trip to Austria for the opening World Cup of his campaign, however he has chosen not to rush back from a niggling back injury with the target of returning to competition closer to full fitness.
The men will have to wait another day to see who is in early-season form.
Marcel Hirscher is the man to beat this season and has won an unprecedented seven Alpine Skiing World Cup overall titles in a row.
Hirscher succeeds Mikaela Shiffrin, who won the award last year.
Hirscher becomes the second athlete after Pirmin Zurbriggen from Switzerland to receive the award for a fourth time.
Preparations have been going on across the autumn with snow stored and protected under covers.
The organisers will be please at least one race was able to be held, but disappointed about the other after all the hard work put in.
“With the turn of the calendar to October and the clocks adjusted to winter time, along with the conclusion of the Southern Hemisphere season and the autumn chill in the air, it can only mean that it is time for us to turn our attention to the start of the FIS World Cup seasons,” said the Presidne tof FIS Gian Franco Kasper.
“This week, the focus of the entire winter sports family will be on Sölden (AUT) for the traditional opening of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, where the first two races will be staged along with dozens of press conferences, officially ushering in the winter season.”
“I am particularly excited for this upcoming season as the FIS World Ski Championships are set to take centre stage.”
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