Unfortunately, the Bansko World Cup slalom race was canceled after only 31 competitors completed their runs due to heavy rainfall, strong winds, and deteriorating conditions. FIS Referee Markus Waldner explained that the remaining racers faced unsafe conditions and the forecast did not show any signs of improvement. In the interest of fairness and safety for the athletes, the decision to cancel the race was made.
Despite the challenging conditions, a large crowd had gathered in the stands and athletes were ready to compete. The first 31 racers struggled to produce runs that were close to Clement Noel’s leading time, with many battling visibility and wet goggles. Noel had a commanding lead ahead of the field after his impressive performance, maintaining composure even after a bobble toward the bottom section of the course.
The decision to cancel the race came after careful consideration of the forecast for the second run. FIS Referee Markus Waldner noted that even worse conditions were expected for