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Final men's race at Lake Louise world cup cancelled over safety concerns

Sunday's (Nov. 28) world cup race in Lake Louise has been cancelled.

LAKE LOUISE – Sunday's (Nov. 28) world cup race in Lake Louise have been cancelled.

FIS announced this morning that the Audi FIS Ski World Cup men's super-G race slotted for 12:15 p.m. was scratched off the Lake Louise calendar due to safety concerns on course caused by heavy snowfall.

"Due to last night’s snowfall, the current conditions on the course and the forecast, the jury together with the OC have decided to cancel today’s Men’s Super G in [Lake Louise]," a FIS statement said.

A snowfall warning is in effect for Lake Louise and it's anticipated between 20 and 30 centimetres will fall until Monday morning, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

To keep athletes safe since the world cup began in Lake Louise, two of the three men's race days were cut due to big dumps.

On Friday (Nov. 26), the first scheduled men's downhill race at the Lake Louise ski resort was axed after around  30 to 40 cms of the white stuff poured down on the ski hill.

"The Sled Dogs (volunteers) still did an amazing job, but nowhere in the world really where you have a track like that when it snows 30 to 40 cm you can't get it off the track and make it safe," said Canmore's Jeff Read, a national ski team member on Saturday (Nov. 27). "It was a good call by the FIS and that's what happens in a sport like ours that's outdoors and unpredictable."

The downhill race was rescheduled to Dec. 5 at the Xfinity Birds of Prey Ski World Cup in Beaver Creek, USA.

There is no update on a rescheduled men's super-G event.

Saturday's second downhill event was the only competition the men got in at the 2021 Lake Louise world cup.

Austria's Matthias Mayer had the golden run in the men's downhill at a time of 1:47.74 at the Lake Louise ski resort. His countryman Vincent Kriechmayr finished with silver (1:47.97) and Switzerland's Beat Feuz took bronze (1:48.09).

Jack Crawford was the lone Canadian to bag world cup points in the season-opening speed race, finishing 24th at a time of 1:49.72.

The world cup returns to Lake Louise this week for the women's speed events, starting with the downhill races from Dec. 3-4, followed by super-G on Dec. 5.

The Outlook will update when more information becomes available.

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