Despite significantly better weather and clearing skies on Sunday at Rosa Khutor (RUS), the jury together with the local organising committee decided to cancel the ladies' Audi FIS Ski World Cup super-G due to unfavorable course conditions. The World Cup tour now departs the venue without a race contested there for the 2018/19 season.
The course crew faced the monumental challenge of handling 152 centimeters of snow that fell from Tuesday until Saturday night. FIS Chief Race Director of the Ladies' World Cup Atle Skaardal noted the complexity of the situation and praised the efforts of the LOC throughout the week to guarantee a race despite extreme conditions. "The weather has been really unlucky here. The LOC did everything possible with its workforce and machines, but sometimes we have to admit that nature is just stronger," Skaardal said.
FIS Race Director of the Ladies' World Cup Speed Events Jean-Philippe Vulliet added, "The course crew here put it efforts at levels never seen before. There is no other organiser on our tour that would have been able to do anything differently in this complex situation."
The downhill and super-G races that were cancelled in Rosa Khutor (RUS) as well as the St. Anton (AUT) super-G that was rescheduled and cancelled there will not be replaced. The ladies' tour will contest one more downhill and one more super-G race during the 2018/19 season at World Cup Finals in Soldeu (AND).
The tour now moves on to Spindleruv Mlyn (CZE) for giant slalom and slalom races on 8th-9th March.