Nature unkind to Lake Louise's men's World Cup with super-G cancellation

Nature unkind to Lake Louise's men's World Cup with super-G cancellation

A three-race Globe Cup weekend break developed into a one-race weekend break in Lake Louise, Alta., with the cancellation of Sunday's males' super-G.

Heavy, wet snow continued to bury the ski hotel in Banff National Park as well as made grooming a 2.5-kilometer course in time for a midday beginning also burdensome for volunteer training course workers.

Friday's downhill was likewise terminated as a result of excessive snow. Saturday's downhill, won by Austria's Matthias Mayer, was the very first of the 2021-22 season.

" It was Mother Nature two, Lake Louise World Cup one this weekend," race chairman Brian Lynam said Sunday.

Another 25 centimeters of snow was forecast for the national park by Monday in addition to in between 30 as well as 40 that had piled up over the 3 previous days.

Snowcats began functioning the program at 2 a.m. and training course workers got on it at 6 a.m. in an attempt to get the race on Sunday.

" We're a rate occasion," Lynam claimed. "It's just excessive snow to relocate. It wouldn't matter the number of pet cats we had or volunteers, especially on some of the high pitches where we have to use winch wires."

The canceled downhill in Canada was included in the program for the next World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colo., starting Friday.

Meanwhile, the world governing body of skiing claimed 10 individuals associated with the race that originally evaluated positive for COVID-19, 9 were established to be false positives and also not contaminated with the infection after they were taken into isolation and re-tested.

" The FIS Task Force has established that provided just one specific checked favorable with very little secondary get in touch with, the tour will certainly relocate onto its following stop in Vail/Beaver Creek," FIS claimed in a statement.

" The person that tested favorably will certainly remain in Canada and also finish a required 10-day quarantine according to regional laws."

The men entered a set of training runs in Lake Louise previously in the week, however, a third was aborted Thursday.

Lake Louise traditionally opens the international guys' rate season as well as has been a regular Canadian stop on the circuit for practically 3 decades.

After its termination in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the host males' team was thrilled to race on home snow once more, specifically because a second downhill was added to the Lake Louise program this year.

A young team had better leads in super-G than downhill with Toronto's Jack Crawford as well as Brodie Seger of Whistler, B.C. ranked in the leading 30 in the technique.

Crawford was the top Canadian in Saturday's downhill in 24th.

" It's always hard when a race gets canceled," Crawford stated. "We need to give thanks to the course workers for trying so hard. It's always an embarrassment when the weather protests them.

" Mosting likely to try to put this behind us and move right into Beaver Creek with a fresh way of thinking."

Lake Louise's guy's races in 2016 were canceled because temperature levels were too warm to make snow, yet the ladies' occasion went on the adhering to week.

The women get here in Alberta for two downhills and a super-G with the initial training run arranged for Tuesday.

" We transform our concentrate on the females' week," Lynam claimed. "The teams have currently pivoted to concentrate on that.

" We need to make sure now we safeguard the track as much as possible. There are just a lot of points you can do when it's snowing."

The volunteer program workers are known as "sled canines" at Lake Louise. The COVID-19 pandemic didn't reduce volunteerism this year, Lynam stated.

" Inside and also outside the fences ... we have around 250 volunteers," he said. "Our needs were all our volunteers be immunized."

" We obtained the numbers back that we had hoped for as well as prepared for and also they were all able to show up as well."

Canada will field a two-woman group in Lake Louise of Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., as well as Roni Remi of Collingwood, Ont.,

A two-time Globe Cup medallist in slalom, the 32-year-old Gagnon made her initial medal in the rate event last season when she ended up third in a super-G in Germany.