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Men’s Ski Championship Postponed

February 3, 2001

ST. ANTON, Austria (AP) _ Heavy winds and snowdrifts forced postponement Saturday of the men’s world championship downhill event featuring American Daron Rahlves.

On the upper part of the track, winds of up to 60 mph and snowdrifts of up to 3 feet made the event too dangerous.

Overnight, 8-to-11 inches of snow fell. Operators said it was not possible to run the ski lifts. Even stronger winds and heavier snowfalls were forecast for later Saturday.

Organizers were not sure when to reschedule the race.

They decided that the men’s downhill race will not be held Sunday in conjunction with the women’s downhill. A possible new date could be Tuesday, a scheduled off day.

Rahlves, of Truckee, Calif., a surprise winner of Tuesday’s super-G event, was one of the favorites for the men’s downhill.

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