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Yuzawa Naeba Slalom Canceled

By Courtney Harkins
February, 23 2020
Yuzawa Naeba Slalom
The Yuzawa Naeba slalom was canceled due to high winds. (FIS Alpine)

After many delays on Sunday, the FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Niigata Yuzawa Naeba, Japan was finally canceled. Luke Winters and Tommy Ford were scheduled to start for the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team. 

The race was called due to strong winds. “It's Mother Nature,” said FIS Alpine Chief Race Director Markus Waldner. “Unfortunately we tried everything. We delayed the start time, but it’s not working. These wind gusts are coming…It would not be a regular race. It’s really strong—you could not see anything up there. The wind gusts are just too strong—unpredictable.”

@naebawc2020 Slalom cancelled ➡️ Markus Waldner - Men's Alpine Chief Race Director - explains why today it was not possible to race in Niigata Yuzawa Naeba. 🇯🇵 More info on a potential replacement will be communicated in due time. #fisalpine

— FIS Alpine (@fisalpine) February 23, 2020

The race will be rescheduled to a future date. 

The men head next to Hinterstoder, Austria for an alpine combined, super-G and giant slalom.