Women: Back to Val d'Isere

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Val d'Isere, France, Dec. 6, 2001--Val d'Isere, which originally gave up two women's alpine World Cup races so they could concentrate on preparing the men's race courses, agreed Thursday to re-take the women's races, leaving only a slalom to reschedule for the women.

The Cafe de Colombia World Cup schedule originally called for a super G and giant slalom Thursday and Friday in Val d'Isere. However, poor snow and warm temperatures forced organizers to release the women's events so they could concentrate on the men's runs; the super G was shifted to Megeve, France, and rescheduled for Dec. 14 while the GS was not re-sited.

However, when the snow drought continued to plague Megeve, too, organizers and International Ski Federation officials decided to move the two women's races back to Val d'Isere, where they were rescheduled for Dec. 14-16. The super Gs -- one from Val d'Isere and one from Megeve -- will be run on the first two days with the GS originally scheduled Dec. 7 in Val d'Isere re-set for Dec. 16. Still to be rescheduled, weather permitting, is a women's slalom from Megeve.

Meanwhile, the men are to race a downhill and GS Saturday and Sunday in Val d'Isere plus a super G Monday that's been picked up from then-snowless Beaver Creek, Colo. That leaves only the Beaver Creek DH to reschedule.