Instead of the world’s best ski racers flying down the hill at Beaver Creek, it was sponsor banners flying up the hill as high winds took down Friday’s Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Downhill competition.
Scheduled for an 11 a.m. start, the start of the race was moved down to the Super-G start as wind gusts as high as 50 mph buffeted the top of Beaver Creek Mountain. The race was initially postponed one half hour before being rescheduled for an attempt at a 1:30 p.m. start.
The Downhill was finally cancelled at 1:30 p.m. when the race jury determined that the final 2 p.m. start time was “undoable” as steady 20-30 mph winds, interspersed with 40 mph gusts continued throughout the morning and afternoon.
There is no word as to when or where the Downhill will be made up, but Saturday’s Audi Birds of Prey schedule will feature the Super-G race, with Giant Slalom on tap for Sunday.
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