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Men’s World Cup Race Postponed

February 23, 2001

SNOWBASIN, Utah (AP) _ A men’s World Cup downhill was postponed Friday because of snow and poor visibility.

The race was scheduled as a replacement for the downhill at Wengen, Switzerland, in January. Fog prevented that race from being held.

The regularly scheduled downhill could be in jeopardy Saturday because the forecast calls for more snow and cloud cover.

No decision was made whether to cancel the Wengen race or move it to Kvitfjell, Norway, next week. Kvitfjell is the last downhill on the World Cup schedule before the season finals at Are, Sweden, beginning March 7.

Skiers completed training runs Wednesday and Thursday, but Friday’s postponement marked a disappointing start to the weekend on the Grizzly course that will be used for the downhill and super-G events at the 2002 Olympics.

Austrian Stephan Eberharter leads countryman Hermann Maier by 19 points in the World Cup downhill standings. Maier, who has a 468-point lead in the overall standings, is the defending World Cup downhill, super-G, giant slalom and overall champion.

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