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Gale-force storms, snowfall threaten men’s World Cup opener

October 28, 2017

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Bad weather forecasts are putting in doubt the season-opening giant slalom of the men’s Alpine skiing World Cup on Sunday.

Gale-force storms and snowfall have been predicted for the Rettenbach glacier, a day after the start of the women’s race on the same hill had to be lowered because of fierce winds.

FIS men’s race director, Markus Waldner, says “The forecast isn’t looking good. We think positively but we are also realistic.”

Waldner says the race jury will decide on a possible cancellation early Sunday morning.

The start of the race is scheduled for 10 a.m. (0900 GMT), followed by the second run three hours later.

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