First race of Nakiska ski cross World Cup weekend postponed
In a jury meeting following the men's qualification on Friday morning in Nakiska (CAN) it was decided to postpone Friday's scheduled finals at the first ski cross World Cup event of the season until Saturday, December 7. As a result, Saturday's program for the second of scheduled back-to-back races has been cancelled.
Though the skies in Nakiska were blue and a challenging, perfectly prepared track sat waiting for the best ski cross athletes in the world to begin their 2013-13 World Cup season, a bitterly cold Arctic air mass that has settled over much of central North America had other plans for the day.
Temperatures on Friday ranged from -35c at dawn to the mid -20s at the warmest, though that brief window closed rapidly as the sun moved behind the surrounding mountains.
While it was deemed safe enough to run the men's single-run qualifications, a full race program in which the top athletes would have been required to complete in up to five competition runs on the day was considered to be inadvisable in light of the frigid temperatures. After the jury's consultation with athlete representatives, race connection coach, and the chief of competition, a consensus was reached that the competition would not push forward as scheduled.
Ladies' and men's qualification results from Thursday and Friday still stand, and have been used to dictate the brackets for Saturday's finals. This means Saturday's program will consist solely of men's and ladies training runs and their finals heats.
With warmer temperatures forecast for Saturday (a relatively balmy -20c) there is an excellent likelihood that the first ski cross World Cup event - and the first FIS Freestyle World Cup event of the 2013-14 winter season - will take place on an incredible track here in Nakiska.
Qualification results and brackets for tomorrow's finals can be found HERE.