Weather shortens ski race

American Bode Miller is set to defend his super-G crown Monday, albeit on a race course which has been shortened at the weather-hit world ski championships.

The race has been scheduled for 1130 GMT, but because of wind the start has been brought 104 metres further down the mountain from the scheduled 1033 metres to 929 metres above sea level.

However with poor visibility and wind still a factor, there are doubts over the race being held.

Organisers were forced to cancel the men’s super-G, the competition opener, on Saturday because of strong winds, snow and rising temperatures which left conditions on the piste unsafe.

The women’s super-G on Sunday was also cancelled, and is set to be held on Tuesday when the temperatures are set to drop dramatically, thus prompting better race conditions.

If Monday’s super-G race is cancelled, it will be scheduled for Tuesday. That would mean the men’s race starting at 0900 GMT and the women’s at 1130 GMT.

The fact the super-G races have been pushed back means the scheduled three downhill training runs for the men and the women will have to be reduced to two.

International Ski Federation (FIS) general secretary Sarah Lewis has insisted the postponements did not pose a major threat to the staging of other races in the competition.

“Obviously there are concerns for a lot of the parties involved but at this stage we’re not concerned about not being able to hold the other events,” she said.

“We still have reserve days this week, and also next week if it comes to that.”