The men’s FIS World Cup Downhill event scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2023, has been canceled at the last minute. This follows the cancelation of the Wednesday, March 1, 2023, training session. The first of two Downhill races was scheduled for this Friday, March 3, but poor visibility and storm gusts forced the race to be canceled entirely.
23 skiers had already started the race, when the decision was made to cancel, not reaching the necessary threshold of 30 for the race to count. Allegedly the remaining skiers threatened a boycott if the race wasn’t canceled, due to the worsening conditions. FIS is hopeful that the other two races scheduled for this weekend can go ahead as planned.
The Men’s FIS World Cup in Aspen was supposed to consist of two Downhill events and a Super-G event. It will now consist of only one Downhill and one Super-G event. The world’s speed elite will be in attendance to battle it out before the World Cup Finals in Andorra. We can expect to see World Cup overall top-ranked skier Marco Odermatt from Switzerland, as well as Downhill leader Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, defend their point lead in the FIS rankings ahead of the World Cup Finals. This is the final speed event of the season and will decide the winner of the World Cup crystal globes.