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LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) – What was supposed to be a three-race World Cup weekend turned into a one-race weekend in Lake Louise with the cancellation of the men’s Super-G on Sunday.

Heavy, wet snow continued to cover Banff National Park, making it too difficult to prepare the course in time for the scheduled noon start.

The departure on Friday was also canceled due to too much snow. The downhill on Saturday, won by Matthias Mayer from Austria, was the first of the 2021/22 season.

“It was Mother Nature 2, Lake Louise World Cup 1 this weekend,” said race chairman Brian Lynam on Sunday.

An additional 25 centimeters of snow was forecast for the national park by Monday, on top of the 11-16 (30-40) that had piled up in the three days prior.

The snow groomers started to work on the track at 2am and the workers were on the track at 6am to get the race on Sunday.

“We’re a speed event,” said Lynam. “It’s just too much snow to move about. It didn’t matter how many cats or volunteers we had, especially on some of the steep pitches where we had to use winch ropes. “

The canceled descent was added to the program for the next World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colorado, from Friday.

Meanwhile, the World Ski Sports Federation said that out of 10 people participating in the race weekend who initially tested positive for COVID-19, nine were found to be false positive and were deemed not to be infected after being isolated and retested.

“The FIS Task Force has determined that if only one person with minimal secondary contact tests positive, the tour will move on to its next stop in Vail / Beaver Creek,” said a statement from the International Ski Federation. “The person who tests positive will stay in Canada and undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine in accordance with local regulations.”

The men participated in two training runs at Lake Louise earlier in the week, but a third was canceled on Thursday.

Lake Louise traditionally opens the men’s international speed season and has been a regular Canadian stop on the track for nearly three decades.

After being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hosting men’s team was delighted to be skiing on home-grown snow again, especially as a second descent was added to the Lake Louise program this year.

“It’s always tough when a race is canceled,” said Jack Crawford, the best Canadian in the downhill on Saturday, who finished in 24th place. “I’ll try to put this thing behind us and move to Beaver Creek with a new mindset.”

The women arrive in Alberta for two downhill runs and a Super-G, the first training run is planned for Tuesday.

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