February 19, 2006
SAN SICARIO, Italy (USST Press Release)—Fog and heavy snow forced cancellation of Sunday's scheduled women's Olympic super G in San Sicario. There was no immediate word on rescheduling.Heavy snow and low-lying cloud layers came into the area mid-morning, several hours before the scheduled noon start. At 11:30 a.m., race officials confirmed the noon start but changedto one-minute start intervals. Just prior to noon, the cloud layer and fog grew even more intense, with less than 100 meters visibility in the finish area. The race was then cancelled as officials saw no opportunity for a change in weather as there had been on Saturday for the women's combined downhill.
The U.S. women, as with all the racers, waited out the delay at the top of the mountain awaiting the start. They had inspected the course on schedule. After the cancellation, the athletes took the gondola back to the Olympic Athlete Village in Sestriere.
"It's always frustrating when you're ready to race and the weather rolls in," said U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Jesse Hunt. "We had everyone at the start, we were ready to ski and then fog rolled in on the lower part of the course. It is impossible to run it. Visibility wasn't adequate to start the race. It wasn't safe.
"The atheltes will go back and do a little dryland (training) to stay loose and wait to hear what the plan is to race the super G" The race jury met after the race to discuss options. Ultimately rescheduling will come from Torino 2006 officials. The next scheduled women's race is the slalom on Wednesday (Feb. 22) inSestriere Colle. The men's giant slalom is set for Monday in Sestriere Colle.