Second downhill training in Lake Louise cancelled due to power shortage
LAKE LOUISE, Canada – In skiracing a beautiful day doesn’t always mean things will run without problems.
Leaving the hotel this morning, it looked like a perfect day for the second AUDI FIS Ski World Cup men’s downhill training in Lake Louise. A clear sky and low temperatures provided what should have been the perfect conditions, but upon arrival at the course, the Jury was informed that there were certain technical issues with the power system of the lifts and that this might impact today’s program.
What seemed like just a minor power issue at 7.30 this morning, quickly turned out to be a bigger technical problem, which made it impossible for the lifts to run smoothly and therefore adjustments to today’s program were necessary. The jury quickly decided to postpone the whole program by two hours, hoping the problem could be resolved and the second training run could start at 1pm.
Despite the admirable efforts by the Organizing Committee, the resort management and Jury, it proved impossible to find a feasible solution which would allow a regular training run to take place and the second downhill training had to be cancelled.
In order to not loose all training today, a solution was found by using one of the lifts not affected by the power issues and allowing the racers a freeski session from the Waterfall section of the racing course from 11.30-12.15 and train on Cameron Way for another hour. This allowed all racers to at least get a second feel of the race course and get a few runs out of the day.