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Olympic ski season gets go ahead for Soelden start

October 17, 2013

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — The Olympic ski season has been given the go ahead to start next week.

The International Ski Federation performed a snow control on the Rettenbach glacier course in Soelden on Thursday and the result was positive.

FIS adds that the women’s and men’s World Cup giant slalom races on Oct. 26 and 27 “can be confirmed without hesitation.”

After Soelden, the World Cup goes to Levi, Finland, for slaloms Nov. 16-17, followed by stops in the United States and Canada before the traditional races in Europe.

For many teams, performance on the World Cup will determine qualification for the Feb. 7-23 Sochi Olympics.

Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze have won the last two women’s races in Soelden, while Ted Ligety has won the men’s event the past two years.

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