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Snowbasin, Utah, Feb. 23, 2001–An overnight storm dropped enough snow to force the cancellation of a FIS World Cup downhill race Friday on the Grizzly course at Snowbasin.
Approximately eight inches of wet, heavy snow fell in the Snowbasin area overnight, making course conditions unraceable. Snow was still falling steadily Friday morning, prompting organizers to first delay the 10:00 a.m. scheduled start to 11:30 a.m. and then cancel the race entirely.
The race was actually a makeup of an event that was postponed Jan. 13 in Wengen, Switzerland. The Lauberhorn downhill was called there on account of heavy fog on the bottom of the course. The loss of the race also meant the loss of the season’s firstcombined event. The first downhill a day earlier was also scrapped due to rain in Wengen.
There was no immediate word if the downhill would be rescheduled a second time. The World Cup season is nearing its end as itmoves on to Kvitfjell, Norway March 3-4 before the season finale at Are, Sweden, March 7-11.
The competitors got two solid days of training on the Grizzly run Wednesday and Thursday. The course will be used for downhilland super G at the 2002 Olympics.
The Chevy Truck Grizzly Downhill is still on schedule for Saturday. The race is slated for a 10:00 a.m. start. The World Cup weekendconcludes Sunday with a super G.