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Women's downhill canceled due to winds

Feb. 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM   |   Comments

BANKSO, Bulgaria, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Erratic and blustery winds forced the cancellation of Saturday's women's World Cup downhill race in Bulgaria, officials announced.

After a delay of more than 3 hours, the FIS Alpine World Cup jury decided to scrub the event at Bansko and reconvene Sunday for the super G, weather permitting.

"In the morning there was no chance at all and as the day went on the gusts became less consistent, but they were still really strong," observed U.S. head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser. "If we did go, it would have been just such an unfair and unsafe race."

The cancellation came after six women on the U.S. team had already qualified for the downhill in next month's World Cup Finals in Austria. The Top 25 competitors in each discipline qualify for the event.

Lindsey Vonn, who has already clinched the downhill title for the season, leads the overall standings by 475 points over Tina Maze of Slovenia.

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