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Women’s GS in Andorra canceled due to high winds

AP, SOLDEU-GRANDVALIRA, ANDORRA

High winds in the Pyrenees mountains forced a women’s World Cup giant slalom to be canceled on yesterday in Andorra.

Winds knocked down temporary structures at the base of the 400m Avet slope during the night, and after a 2-and-a-half-hour delay in the morning, the organizers finally called the race off with gusts reaching 100kph.

Race organizers said that yesterday’s event would not be moved to Monday and that they did not know yet if it would be canceled for good or moved to another date.

The organizers also flipped the order of this weekend’s other two races.

The slalom originally scheduled for tomorrow was moved to today in the hope that the shorter course on the lower section of the slope would be better shielded from the winds, while the second giant slalom set to be held today was moved to tomorrow.

This is the first time the principality between France and Spain has hosted World Cup events.

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