Sunday’s Birds of Prey World Cup super-G canceled
For the first time in the event's history, all three days of racing were canceled because of weather
The Birds of Prey World Cup super-G race was canceled due to weather Sunday.
“After exceptional work on the hill all night, and due to the present weather situation this morning, with extremely heavy winds, together with the updated forecast, the Jury together with the Organizing Committee have decided to cancel today’s men’s super G,” wrote Tom Boyd, the press chief for the races, in an email Sunday morning.
This is the fifth consecutive cancellation for the men’s World Cup this season and the first time in the history of the Birds of Prey races that more than one race has been scrubbed because of weather. Friday and Saturday’s downhills were also canceled. In 2001 and 2016, no races were held at Beaver Creek because the event didn’t pass snow control.
“We tried to come up early when lifts were not running; very strong winds, gusty now and it’s not improving over lunchtime otherwise we could wait a little bit,” said Markus Waldner, FIS chief of race director.
“By the way, the course crew did an amazing job again. Course was ready from side to side today.”
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Waldner said strong winds mean there was “no chance” to hold the race.
“Yes, unfortunately, third race canceled — frustrating, as I said yesterday. I feel for the organizer, they put so much effort in. But this is Mother Nature. 3-0 for Mother Nature. We are looking forward to coming back next year and hopefully we are more lucky with the weather.”