100kph gusts blow Soelden men's slalom off course


Winds gusting at up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour forced organisers to cancel Sunday's opening men's World Cup giant slalom at Soelden.
"The wind is violent on the glacier and the forecast is not good for the rest of the day," race director Markus Waldner reported.
"Strong gusts reaching up to 100kph have stopped the lifts used to get to the start. And the temporary infrastructures like the one housing the skiers presents a security problem," he added.
Under alpine ski federation FIS rules dating back to 1990 the men's World Cup curtain-raiser cannot be rescheduled.
This is the third time since 1993 the men's race on the Rettenbach slope has fallen victim to the weather.
Saturday's women's giant slalom was won by Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg.
The World Cup season moves on next to Levi in Finland on November 11-12.
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