The reason is the high temperatures and strong wind, said the world association FIS. The Bärenberg slope had already suffered badly during the race on Wednesday. The American Mikaela Shiffrin had celebrated her 81st World Cup victory, the best Austrian was Franziska Gritsch in seventh.
The local organizers had done everything they could to prepare a runway that was reasonably fit for racing on the Sljeme, the local mountain of Croatia’s capital, for the second slalom. But all efforts were in vain. Plus temperatures in the double-digit range and strong wind destroyed all hope.
The cancellation means that Shiffrin is missing out on the opportunity to equal her compatriot Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 World Cup victories. The next opportunities will follow in the coming days. At the weekend the women will compete in two giant slaloms in Kranjska Gora in Slovenia, followed by a slalom in Flachau in Salzburgerland on Tuesday.
The weather had already caused numerous cancellations and postponements at the beginning of the World Cup season. Like the parallel races in Lech/Zürs, the downhills in Zermatt/Cervinia could not be held. The women’s giant slalom planned for Sölden was made up for in Semmering shortly before the turn of the year, while the men contested only one of the two scheduled Super-Gs in Lake Louise. In addition, the Super-G in Val Gardena could not be held and one downhill run from Beaver Creek to Val Gardena was relocated.
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