Women’s downhill postponed
VAL d’ISERE, France ” After a two-hour delay because of snowfall in Val d’Isere, the women’s downhill at the 2009 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships was postponed until today.
Fog rolled in and out for the men’s race Saturday, making conditions variable from racer to racer. While fog was a factor Sunday, the major concern was fresh snow that had fallen overnight. Though race crews worked to remove snow and clear the track, it was decided a better race could be run with postponement.
For the women, it has been frustrating. Downhill stops in the 2009 season seem to have a curse on them with cancelations or postponements at Lake Louise, Cortina, Altenmarkt and Garmisch. Still, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and the U.S. women are staying positive and focused for the race on Monday.
“I was definitely prepared to race today. It was a bummer that we couldn’t get it off, but I’m still positive that we can do it tomorrow. I’m just really looking forward for the World Championship downhill,” Vonn said.
Vonn is supercharged for redemption in the downhill after being disqualified in the combined event Friday, having thought for a brief moment she had won a silver medal before being told by officials that she had missed a gate.
“It looked pretty grim this morning but the coaches just kept telling us to stay prepared and stay ready. I have to say I was ready all the way up until three o’clock. I was in my suit up at the start ready to go,” Stacey Cook (Mammoth, CA) said. “I don’t really know what’s going on down there on the course, but we’re just going to stay focused and keep ready to charge because I think this is a good course for us.”
Women’s Alpine Head Coach Jim Tracy said the organizing committee will work through the night, as they did Saturday night, to fix the problem soft spots on the track.
“I think now this is going to be a true test of nerves. The one that’s got the toughest mind definitely is going to win,” he said.
Monday is a jam-packed day of racing at Val d’Isere. Ski racing fans will have a tough time getting work done as the action starts at 4 a.m. ET with the first run of men’s super combined, followed by women’s downhill at 7:00 a.m. ET. The men’s combined slalom will start at 11 a.m. ET. Fans can tune in to watch the action live at UniversalSports.com.
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