Unfortunately, the Bansko World Cup slalom race had to be canceled after the first 31 competitors completed their runs due to heavy rainfall, strong winds, and deteriorating conditions. FIS Referee Markus Waldner explained that the conditions were too dangerous for the remaining racers and the forecast did not show any signs of improvement. The decision to cancel the race was made in the interest of fairness and safety for the athletes.
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 of them battling visibility and wet goggles. Noel had a strong lead ahead of the field after his impressive performance, maintaining composure even after a bobble toward the bottom section of the course.
The cancellation of 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