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Olympic champion Clement Noel leads before heavy rain cancels World Cup slalom with 31 starters

Heavy rain in Bansko, Bulgaria led to the cancellation of a men’s World Cup slalom after just 31 starters completed the opening run. Olympic champion Clement Noel took an early lead in the race, setting the pace for the rest of the field. However, as conditions did not improve, the International Ski and Snowboard Federation was forced to interrupt and eventually call off the event.

It is still unclear whether the race will be rescheduled. The next two slaloms are set to take place in Palisades Tahoe on February 25th and in Aspen on March 3rd in the United States. The rain during the race and wet snow in the morning softened the Tomba course, making it more challenging for racers.

After eight racers had completed their first run, no one was able to finish within two seconds of Noel’s lead. Norwegian racer Timon Haugan was just .27 seconds behind while Henrik Kristoffersen trailed in third with a .38-second difference. Manuel Feller, who leads the discipline standings after seven races, finished fifth with a time difference of 1.30 seconds from Noel’s pace-setting run. This marks the second slalom this season that has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

The next events will be held in Norway with a downhill and super-G at Kvitfjell next weekend. To stay updated on this exciting sport, more information about AP skiing can be found at .

By Editor

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