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Hahnenkamm DH scrapped due to wet snow

Erica Bulman

KITZBUEHEL, Austria – A World Cup downhill was postponed Saturday because of wet snow, ending Bode Miller’s chance for a rare five-event sweep in a season.The race will be rescheduled in Kvitfjell, Norway, and the weekend combined event was canceled, the International Ski Federation said. The combined adds the times from Saturday’s downhill and Sunday’s slalom.Organizers called off the Hahnenkamm downhill for the first time in 12 years but the slalom was expected to run Sunday despite predictions of poor weather.In December, Miller won a night slalom for a sweep of all four disciplines – slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom and downhill. He did so in 16 days, the shortest span in World Cup history. Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli swept all four over 72 days in 1988-89. Girardelli has an edge on the American, also winning the combined event that same winter.Miller leads the overall World Cup rankings with 1,048 points, with Austria’s Benjamin Raich next at 850. Scrapping the combined will cost Miller World Cup points.The winner of both combined events last year – in Chamonix, France, and Kitzbuehel – Miller has had less success this time. He went out in the slalom leg of the super-combined in Wengen, Switzerland, a new one-day race that added the times from a shortened downhill to a one-leg slalom.Snow, fog and rain also wiped out Friday’s super-G. The super-G tentatively has been rescheduled for this site Monday. Kvitfjell is to stage another downhill and super-G on March 5-6.Vail, Colorado


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