Organizers Cancel Downhill Training Run


KITZBUHEL, Austria (AP) - Organizers canceled Thursday's final training session for a men's weekend World Cup downhill on Kitzbuhel's Hahnenkamm course due to heavy snowfall.

More than 3 feet of fresh snow blanketed Kitzbuhel on Wednesday night, making it impossible for race stewards to clear the track in time for the final practice.

Incessant snow, fog and gusty winds also caused Wednesday's training to be canceled. Only one training run needs to be completed according to World Cup regulations for the race to be staged as scheduled Saturday.

Conditions are expected to improve for Friday's super-G. The downhill is scheduled on Saturday, followed by the slalom a day later.

Instead of the final day's training results, the race order for the downhill will be determined by the World Cup's official ranking system.

Reigning Olympic champion Fritz Strobl posted the fastest time in Tuesday's opening practice run, covering the classic Streif slope in 1 minute, 56.35 seconds.

The World Cup downhill leader was followed by fellow Austrian Michael Walchhofer in second, 1.55 behind, while Frenchman Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin placed third, 1.78 seconds off the pace.

Daron Rahlves, who became the first American to win the downhill in Kitzbuhel in 2003, was fourth.

Defending World Cup champion Bode Miller was 28th.

Last year, the downhill and combined events were scrapped due to poor conditions in Kitzbuhel, while a super-G was rescheduled from Friday to Monday.