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Rain Squashes World Cup Slalom in Bansko, Bulgaria


Feb 11, 2024
Olympic champion Clement Noel leads before heavy rain cancels World Cup slalom with 31 starters

The rain in Bansko, Bulgaria led to the cancellation of the men’s World Cup slalom after 31 starters completed the opening run. Despite the poor conditions, Olympic champion Clement Noel was able to lead the race. However, with no improvement in sight, the International Ski and Snowboard Federation decided to interrupt and eventually call off the event.

The next two slaloms are scheduled to take place in Palisades Tahoe on Feb. 25 and Aspen on March 3 in the United States. The rain during the race and wet snow in the morning softened the Tomba course, making it worse for competitors.

After eight racers completed the first run, no one was able to finish within two seconds of Noel’s lead. Norwegian racer Timon Haugan was only .27 seconds behind, while Henrik Kristoffersen trailed in third with a .38-second difference. Manuel Feller, who leads the discipline standings after seven races, was 1.30 behind in fifth place. This is the second slalom this season that had to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

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