SKI: AUDI FIS Ski world cup – Races cancelled & rescheduled

Women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Zermatt-Cervinia (ITA) cancelled

Due to the unchanged weather conditions during the last days and the still unfavorable forecast, the women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup races in Zermatt-Cervinia (SUI) scheduled on 5th – 6th November 2022 are cancelled.

FIS will not replace the two cancelled downhill races.

Women’s Giant Slalom in Soelden cancelled

The first race of the opening weekend in Soelden (AUT), the women’s Giant Slalom, was cancelled due to weather conditions that were not conducive to a safe race, 

“This was the worst-case scenario, but it happened,” said FIS Chief of Race Director Peter Gerdol about the cancellation of the Women’s Giant Slalom, which will be rescheduled for another date, to be confirmed. 

“We had a couple of hours of rain and then this wet snow, starting at five or six this morning, so the surface was too soft to guarantee a safe race.

“The decision was quite easy when we saw the forecast. It will still be snowing until 12 or one o’clock today. That’s why we decided to cancel.”

Gerdol is optimistic that tomorrow’s racing, the Men’s Giant Slalom, might go ahead. 

“Now we have to wait a little bit and to be patient because this wet snow is still arriving, so as soon as this is over, we will start working immediately, trying to prepare the course,” he said. 

“The forecast for tomorrow is very promising, it should be a nice, clear, sunny day. So if we can prepare the course and have a clear night, I am quite hopeful we can have a good race.” 

The rescheduling of the women’s Giant Slalom race will be announced over the next couple of days, he added. “We will discuss with the rightholders and look at possibilities,” said Gerdol. 

Cancelled Women’s Giant Slalom from Sölden (AUT) to be rescheduled in Semmering (AUT)

The cancelled women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom from Sölden (AUT) will be rescheduled in Semmering (AUT) on 27th December 2022, with the following programme:
Giant Slalom, Tuesday 27.12.2022 (10:00 / 13:00 CET)

Giant Slalom, Wednesday 28.12.2022 (10:00 / 13:00 CET)

Slalom, Friday, 29.12.2022 (15:00 / 18.30 CET)

Audi FIS World Cup men’s Matterhorn Cervino races cancelled

Despite the greatest efforts and tireless commitment on the part of the organizing committee, the men’s downhill racesof the Matterhorn Cervino Speed ​​Opening were cancelled on Saturday after the final snow check by race director Hannes Trinkl and assistant Raimund Plancker (men) due to the lack of snow and the safety situation on the course.

However, the organizers are continuing to work at full speed in order to be able to hold the planned women’s races on November 5th and 6th, 2022 as planned.

The final snow control for the men’s race took place today, but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. The slope on the glacier is in race-ready condition, but on the lower part of the course, it rained heavily. From the end of the glacier to the finish, the slope is not ready for racing and safety for the athletes is not guaranteed either – for this reason the men’s races were cancelled on Saturday, October 22, 2022.

The final snow control for the women’s races will take place on Tuesday 25th October.

“We have done so much in the past few weeks and months. Logistically and organizationally, we are ready. On the track, the team gave everything to the end so that we could also manage the lower part of the racetrack. Ultimately, however, we must recognize that nature is always stronger than man,” says OC President Franz Julen.

FIS recognizes the great efforts of the organizers

FIS regrets the cancellation of the men’s race as part of the first cross-border downhill run in the history of the World Cup. «The organizing committee has not only achieved great things in the past few days. It was certainly not their fault that the men’s races could not take place. The Matterhorn Cervino Speed ​​Opening is a new and unique project that we continue to believe in. There is a possibility of a change in weather. We are therefore giving the organizers until Tuesday to make a final decision about the women’s races,” explains FIS Secretary General Michel Vion.

Author: sportpress