December 8, 2017 / 6:45 PM / 8 months ago

Alpine skiing: Women's combined called off due to fog

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Reuters) - The opening women’s combined race of the World Cup season was called off after the first of the two legs on Friday because of fog.

Alpine Skiing - FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup - Women's Alpine Combined Slalom - St. Moritz, Switzerland - December 8, 2017 - heavy fog is seen over the finish line arena. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

The organizers decided to switch the order and hold the slalom leg first and the Super G second as a fog known locally as the Maloja Schlange hung over the course.

The slalom went ahead but the fog failed to clear and the International Ski Federation (FIS) canceled the Super G part of the race.

American Mikaela Shiffrin, last year’s overall World Cup winner, led after the slalom leg by 0.39 seconds from Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.

The combined race has been struggling to keep its place on the calendar and only two such races are held in the World Cup season.

Writing by Brian Homewood in Bern; Editing by Toby Davis

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