Winter Olympics: Menís super-combined postponed because of snow
By ANDREW DAMPF
AP Sports Writer
WHISTLER, British Columbia ó An overnight snowstorm forced ski officials to postpone Tuesdayís Olympic menís super-combined race and call off womenís downhill training, the latest events to fall victim to the problematic weather at the games.
The storm, along with soft conditions on the lower section of the course, caused the changes.
No new date was immediately set for the menís super-combined, although officials had indicated on Monday that the race would be moved to Friday if it had to be delayed.
The menís super-combined is the third race that has been postponed following the mix of warm temperatures, snow, rain and fog that wreaked havoc with the Alpine schedule last week.
Of the four Alpine races scheduled so far, only one has gone off ó the menís downhill won Monday by Didier Defago of Switzerland.
Dry weather is forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The women have managed to get in only one official training run, a split session Monday. The womenís downhill race is scheduled for Wednesday and the womenís super-combined has been moved to Thursday.
The cancellation of downhill training Tuesday wasnít expected to have much of an impact on the Alpine calendar, because the women already had a full training session Monday. That means their downhill race can go off as planned. Rules require one complete practice run before a downhill can be held.
Under a tentative plan discussed at a team captainsí meeting Monday night, if the menís super-combined is shifted to Friday, that dayís race ó the menís super-G ó would move to Sunday, and the menís giant slalom would be pushed back to Feb. 23.
The womenís super-G is supposed to be Saturday.