A man clears snow off a roof in Cortina d'Amezzo after as a major snowstorm continued to pound the Italian Olympic Village (Getty Images/AFP - Guiseppe Cacace)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 19) - A heavy snowstorm continued to blanket the 1956 Olympic Village Sunday canceling an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup women's downhill for the second straight day. The storm, which began Friday morning, nixed the final downhill training day and continued through the night forcing the jury to bump Saturday's race to Sunday and eventually cancel the entire race program. The races will be made up on Jan. 23-24 with super G followed by downhill. Racing then continues Jan. 25-26 in Cortina with the rescheduled races from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany with downhill followed by super G.
A heavy snowstorm in Cortina d'Ampezzo canceled the entire women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup race weekend.
The snow initially nixed Friday's final downhill training, then bumped Saturday's downhill to Sunday before canceling the program all together.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has announced the races will be made up Jan. 23-24 followed by the rescheduled speed races from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on Jan. 24-25.
The official program is as follows: Jan. 22 downhill training, Jan. 23 super G, Jan. 24 downhill, Jan. 25 downhill and Jan. 26 super G.
The U.S. Alpine Olympic Team will be nominated on Sunday, Jan. 26.
QUOTES Atle Skaardal, Women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Race Director The decision was easy to make this morning. We received a huge amount of new snow overnight. We would need a minimum of 15 hours to establish the race course again with nice weather which is not the case at the moment. The forecast even tells it will continue to snow for the next 24 hours. We had hence no chance whatsoever to have a race today.