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

Intense Action Ahead at Saalbach-Hinterglemm World Cup: What to Expect in Downhill and Super-G Races

The World Cup finals in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria saw the cancellation of men’s and women’s downhill trainings on Thursday. This decision was made due to elevated temperatures and the prediction of more rain, which would have put the slope at risk for the upcoming speed races.

Despite the cancellations, excitement remains high as the focus now shifts to the remaining races. Lara Gut-Behrami has already clinched the women’s overall and giant slalom titles and 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, and is 68 points ahead of Stephanie Venier. Marco Odermatt 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.

The cancellation was made to ensure that both men’s and women’s downhill trainings were canceled to protect the slope before upcoming speed races. With two super-G races scheduled for Friday, a women’s downhill race on Saturday and a men’s downhill race on Sunday, this marks the end of season.

As we near towards these final races at Saalbach-Hinterglemm, skiers are preparing intensely for their respective disciplines with championships and standings on line. The competition promises to be intense as athletes strive for top honors before wrapping up their season at this venue.

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