The Thrill of the Final Stretch: Excitement Builds for Upcoming Downhill Races Despite Weather Cancellations

World Cup finals cancel downhill training to preserve slope ahead of speed races

The cancellation of the men’s and women’s downhill trainings at the World Cup finals in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria on Thursday has left competitors preparing for the upcoming races with even more excitement. On Wednesday, both sessions proceeded as planned, but due to high temperatures and the prediction of more rain, it was decided to cancel the trainings on Thursday in order to protect the slope before the speed races.

Lara Gut-Behrami, who has already clinched the women’s overall and giant slalom titles, holds a commanding 69-point lead in the super-G standings. She also leads the downhill standings with a 19-point advantage over Sofia Goggia, who is unable to compete for the rest of the season after an injury in February, and is currently 68 points ahead of Stephanie Venier. Marco Odermatt, another Swiss skier, has secured his third consecutive overall championship and giant slalom title weeks ago. He leads by 81 points in the super-G standings and 42 points in the downhill standings.

Despite being canceled due to weather conditions, excitement remains high as athletes prepare for their respective disciplines. With two super-G races scheduled for Friday and Saturday’s women’s downhill race followed by Sunday’s men’s downhill race marking the end of season championships are on line. As skiers vie for top honors they will have to be careful as weather conditions pose a risk to their safety and performance.

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