Bad Weather Postpones World Cup


Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Jan. 31 (AP)–Rain and wind forced postponement of a men’s super-G World Cup race Sunday, denying Hermann Maier a chance to set an Austrian record.

The entire women’s weekend program _ a slalom and a giant slalom at Zwiesel _ also was wiped out because of the stormy conditions.

Maier won Saturday’s downhill, tying the Austrian record of 26 World Cup victories by Franz Klammer. Another victory Sunday would have given Maier sole possession of the Austrian mark.

But pouring rain and strong winds prevented any racing.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) planned to decide Monday when and where to stage the super-G.

The women have even more weather-related problems.

Last week, a women’s super-G at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was wiped out because of gale-force winds, and has yet to be rescheduled.

And the FIS is still trying to find a venue for the women’s downhill, super-G, slalom and combined races originally scheduled early next month at Deer Valley and Snowbasin in the United States. The races had to be moved because of a lack of snow and warm weather.

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