The Bansko World Cup slalom race was canceled after 31 competitors completed their runs due to heavy rainfall, strong winds, and deteriorating conditions. FIS Referee Markus Waldner explained that the remaining racers would have faced unsafe conditions and that the forecast did not show any signs of improvement.
Despite the challenging conditions, a large crowd had gathered in the stands and athletes were prepared to compete. The first 31 racers struggled to produce runs that were close to Clement Noel’s leading time, with many of them battling visibility and wet goggles. Noel maintained 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 the forecast showed even worse conditions for the second run, making it unfair and unsafe for the athletes to continue competing. The next slalom race will take place at the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup on February 25th.