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BC-SKI--WCup-Women’s Super-G Postponed,1st Ld-Writethru

March 2, 2019
Organizers say the women’s World Cup super-G race scheduled for Saturday in Sochi has been postponed by a day due to heavy snowfall. Weather conditions have played havoc with the first World Cup events in Sochi since the 2014 Winter Olympics.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The women’s World Cup super-G race scheduled for Saturday in Sochi was postponed by a day due to heavy snowfall, and a second, rescheduled race is back off the calendar.

Weather conditions have played havoc with the first World Cup events in Sochi since the 2014 Winter Olympics. Snowfall continued Saturday morning.

Saturday’s slot was originally meant to go to a downhill race, but that was canceled after it proved impossible to hold any of the three planned training sessions.

The postponement also means the end of plans to host a second super-G in Sochi. That was briefly rescheduled from January in St. Anton after the downhill cancellation in Sochi opened up a slot in the calendar.

This weekend, American star Mikaela Shiffrin will be mathematically confirmed as the winner of her third straight World Cup overall title.

Shiffrin leads the standings by more than 700 points from her main rival Petra Vlhova of Slovakia. With 100 points awarded for a win, only six races will remain when the circuit leaves Russia.

Shiffrin’s title is already a formality as she and Vlhova, who are technical race specialists, are skipping the speed races this weekend.

All other skiers trail at least 900 points behind Shiffrin, who has a career-best 14 World Cup wins this season.

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