Record-breaking Season Comes to a Close at Saalbach-Hinterglemm: Downhill Races and Championship Decisions Remain

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

The super-G races at the World Cup finals in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria were canceled on Thursday. The sessions on Wednesday proceeded as planned, but due to elevated temperatures and the prediction of more rain, the decision was made to cancel the trainings on Thursday in order to protect the slope before the upcoming speed races. There are two downhill races scheduled for Friday and Saturday, which will mark the end of the season.

Lara Gut-Behrami, who has already clinched the women’s overall and giant slalom titles, holds a 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. Venier is currently 68 points behind her in second place. Marco Odermatt has secured his third consecutive overall championship and giant slalom title weeks ago, leading by 81 points in super-G standings and 42 points in downhill standings.

The focus now shifts to the upcoming races at Saalbach-Hinterglemm as both men’s and women’s downhill trainings have been canceled. Despite this setback, excitement remains high as athletes prepare for their remaining races, with championships and standings still on line. The competition promises to be intense as skiers vie for top honors in their respective disciplines.

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