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FIS Slopestyle cancelled due to heavy snow fall
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Heavy snow fall has prevented the first ever Slopestyle finals in the history of the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup in Bardonecchia/Melezet today. Due to permanent fresh snow in the course and the difficulties involved to ride the kicker section with the necessary speed, the jury – consisting of Chief of competition Gianmarco Peri (ITA), Technical Delegate Roman Arnold (SUI) and Head Judge Steve Brown (AUS) – came to an unanimous decision together with FIS Race Director Marcel Looze to cancel the semi finals and finals which were scheduled for today.
This decision was a tough one for Marcel Looze: “To ensure the safety we had to decide like this as the weather forecast didn’t show any improvement. So, we unfortunately had no other choice. I’m sorry for all riders who really enjoyed the Slopestyle course.”
However, FIS and the local organisers were pleased with yesterday’s qualifiers. “It shows that we are on the right way and are looking forward to have more Slopestyle competitions for the next seasons” said Marcel Looze further on.
The qualifiers for tomorrow’s Halfpipe contest will be held as scheduled.