The first run of the Men’s World Cup Slalom in Bansko, Bulgaria was cut short after 31 starters due to heavy rain. Despite the early cancellation, Olympic champion Clement Noel emerged as the leader of the race. Unfortunately, conditions did not improve and the International Ski and Snowboard Federation ultimately decided to call off the event.
It remains unclear whether the race will be rescheduled. The next two slaloms are scheduled for February 25 in Palisades Tahoe and March 3 in Aspen, both in the United States. During the race, rain softened the Tomba track, making it more difficult for runners to navigate.
After eight runners, no one was able to finish within two seconds of Noel’s lead, which was a significant time difference for a slalom race. Norwegian runner Timon Haugan was just 0.27 seconds behind Noel in second place while Henrik Kristoffersen finished third with a difference of 0.38 seconds. Manuel Feller, who led the standings after seven races, came in fifth place with a difference of 1.30 seconds from Noel’s lead. This is now the second slalom this season that has been canceled due to bad weather conditions.
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