In Bansko, Bulgaria, heavy rain led to the cancellation of a men’s World Cup slalom after 31 starters in the opening run. Despite the poor conditions, Olympic champion Clement Noel was able to lead the race. The International Ski and Snowboard Federation eventually called off the event as conditions did not improve.
It remains uncertain whether the race will be rescheduled. The next two slaloms are scheduled to take place in Palisades Tahoe on Feb. 25 and in Aspen on March 3 in the United States. During the race, rain and wet snow softened the Tomba course, worsening the track.
After eight racers had completed their first run, no one was able to finish within two seconds of Noel’s lead, a significant time difference for a slalom race. Norwegian racer Timon Haugan finished just .27 seconds behind Noel while Henrik Kristoffersen trailed in third with a .38-second difference. Manuel Feller, who leads the discipline standings after seven races, finished fifth with a 1.30-second deficit. This is only