Extremely warm temperatures have forced FIS to cancel the season's third FIS Snowboard World Cup parallel slalom which was scheduled in the “Extreme Park” at Rosa Khutor today.
Although local Organisers had been able to run the Olympic parallel giant slalom test event for Sochi 2014 yesterday, despite tough weather conditions, today's springlike temperatures made a proper World Cup slope preparation impossible.
Despite repeated postponements of the qualification and the use of salt and water, the women's time trials which finally kicked off at 12 PM local time (9 AM CET) had to be abandoned after ten riders.
“There is always a balance of risk if you run two events on two consecutive days on the same slope because you don't have that much preparation time. But we have proven in the past that this is definitely possible. Here in Sochi, we faced some very warm temperatures right from the beginning which in the end made it impossible to provide a proper World Cup slope,” said FIS Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier.
Due to the tight time frame in Sochi, there is no space to re-schedule the race at Rosa Khutor. If the parallel slalom can be organised later in the season is still to be determined.
Tomorrow, the time trials for the Snowboard Cross will be staged in the “Extreme Park”.