Alpine skiing-Men's Super-G called off for Wednesday

Wed Feb 4, 2015 1:24pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) - The world championships were hit by a second weather issue in as many days as a combination of strong winds and intensifying snow forced organizers to call off the men's Super-G on Wednesday.

Visibility on the Birds of Prey piste was described as adequate by most of the ski racers but heavy snowfall on both the track and the sides of the course led to a postponement an hour before the scheduled 1 p.m. ET (1800 GMT) start.

The event, the first in the men's program at Beaver Creek, is expected to be rescheduled for Thursday and an official confirmation is expected later on Wednesday after a team captain's meeting.

No races had initially been scheduled for Thursday with men's and women's downhill training due to take place on the Birds of Prey and the Raptor race courses.

In-form Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud is the gold medal favorite in the men's Super-G, though defending champion Ted Ligety of the United States will be tough to beat at one of his favorite venues in front of his home fans.

The opening event of the Feb. 2-15 world championships, the women's Super-G, took place on Tuesday in what American ski queen Lindsey Vonn described as "not 100 percent fair" conditions.

Because of high winds, the race was pushed back 30 minutes and the start lowered before Austria's Olympic champion Anna Fenninger won gold and defending champion Tina Maze of Slovenia finished second.

Vonn, the pre-race favorite, had to settle for third after struggling with strong headwinds over the top half of the course.   Continued...

Kjetil Jansrud of Norway during training for the men's downhill in the FIS alpine skiing world championships at Birds of Prey Racecourse. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY