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February 4, 2007
ARE, Sweden (Feb. 4) – A stew of poor weather through the night – winds, snow, soft conditions – forced organizers Sunday to postpone racing at the FIS Alpine World Championships for the second day in a row. Racing is re-set to begin Monday.
U.S. fans will be able to follow World Championships coverage live beginning Sunday with the women’s super G. NBCSports.com and MediaZone.com will team up for live coverage of every race during the World Championships, which run until Feb. 18 in Are.
The women’s super G, scheduled for Sunday, was moved back to Tuesday, one day after the men’s super G, which was rolled back 48 hours Saturday because of high winds and snow.
Rain for about two hours around midnight was accompanied by – and followed by – continued winds, which have raked the Are region in west central Sweden, not far from the border with Norway. Several inches of wet, sticky snow fell by mid-morning, further complicating conditions for the organizers.
“It was a combination of things,” U.S. Women’s Head Coach Patrick Riml said. “The snow at the top was actually pretty good, pretty hard…but it was not so good in the middle and at the bottom of the course. There was no way they could run the race.”
The men’s super G is scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m ET on Monday.