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Women's Val D'Isere Downhills Cancelled

VAL D'ISERE, France Dec. 19, 2004 (AP)--Heavy snowfall wiped out a women's World Cup downhill Sunday, the second straight day a downhill was called off at this resort.

A snowstorm and high winds forced Saturday's race to be abandoned. Unrelenting snowfall made it impossible for course workers to clear the course in time for Sunday. Winds of up to 90 mph during the weekend created dangerous drifts that buried the safety netting.

The women trained Wednesday and Thursday in perfect conditions but trouble began Friday when poor weather suddenly moved in and the final practice was canceled.

The International Ski Federation has yet to decide when or where the two downhill races might be staged.

There has not been a women's World Cup downhill staged in Val d'Isere since 1997, when Katja Seizinger of Germany won her second in a row.

Last year, a men's downhill and giant slalom scheduled on the Oreiller Killy course were moved a week before racers arrived because of warm weather and lack of snow.

The women travel to St. Moritz, Switzerland, for a super giant slalom and giant slalom.

Copyright © 2000 The Associated Press

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