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Semmering GS Canceled Due to Wind

By Courtney Harkins
December, 28 2020
Semmering wind
Strong winds eventually canceled the Semmering GS after the first run. (Getty Images/SEPA Media-Markus Tobisch)

After a successful first run, the FIS World Cup giant slalom in Semmering, Austria was canceled due to strong winds. The race will not be rescheduled at Semmering.

The wind was calm for first run, but in between the two runs, the breeze picked up, blowing the gates into unsafe positions and called into question potential fairness, which stemmed two 15-minute postponements. But then the wind turned catastrophic, damaging the finish corral and equipment, leading to the race’s official cancelation. The results of the first run do not count.

Coming off her first FIS World Cup win in Courchevel after a long-awaited return to giant slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin sat in fourth position going into second run, just .14 seconds away from the podium. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia was in the lead with Marta Bassino of Italy in second and Michelle Gisin of Switzerland in third.

Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Nina O’Brien also made the flip in 27th place. Paula Moltzan just missed the top 30, finishing 36th after starting 56th. Keely Cashman and AJ Hurt did not finish.

The slalom is set to take place as previously scheduled on Tuesday evening in Semmering, but keep an eye on our Twitter feed for updates.

RESULTS (canceled run two)
Women's giant slalom - first run

SLALOM STARTERS
Keely Cashman
Katie Hensien
Lila Lapanja
Paula Moltzan
Nina O'Brien
Mikaela Shiffrin
Resi Stiegler

HOW TO WATCH
Dec. 28, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021
All Times EST

Tuesday, Dec. 29
9:15 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Semmering, AUT, Streaming Peacock
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Semmering, AUT, Streaming Peacock

Wednesday, Dec. 29
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Downhill - LIVE, Bormio, ITA, Broadcast Olympic Channel
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Downhill - LIVE, Bormio, ITA, Streaming Peacock

Sunday, Jan. 3
6:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Zagreb, CRO, Streaming Peacock
9:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Zagreb, CRO, Broadcast Olympic Channel
9:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Zagreb, CRO, Streaming Peacock
3:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom - Same-Day Broadcast, Zagreb, CRO, Broadcast NBC
4:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Downhill - Replay From Bormio, Italy, Bormio, ITA, Broadcast NBC
6:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom - Same-Day Broadcast, Zagreb, CRO, Broadcast NBCSN

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