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Wind Postpones Women’s Ski Racing

January 21, 2000

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) _ The women’s World Cup downhill was postponed today because of high winds.

The downhill is now scheduled for Saturday, replacing the super-G, which has now been canceled.

Organizers said the strong winds made racing dangerous because athletes risked getting hurtled off the piste, especially on the course’s many jumps.

Downhill is the most dangerous of alpine skiing’s four disciplines, as well as the most vulnerable to cancellation due to poor weather.

Cortina’s Olympia delle Tofane course is among the fastest on the women’s tour, with racers reaching top speeds 76 mph.

A giant slalom is scheduled for Sunday.

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