Men's downhill skiing delayed to Monday

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER -- Let the postponements begin.

Saturday's men's downhill skiing race at Whistler Creekside has been shifted to Monday because of rain showers and fog. A new start time has not been determined, but Environment Canada said a mix of sun and cloud is coming Monday for the alpine skiing venue. Tickets for Saturday will be honoured on Monday.

North Vancouver's Manuel Osborne-Paradis is the top Canadian on the world cup circuit and is expected to challenge Switzerland's Didier Cuche for a medal.

A similar announcement is expected later today for the women's freestyle moguls at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver where Jennifer Heil of Spruce Grove, Alta., is trying to repeat as the gold medalist. A heavy rainfall warning for Metro Vancouver issued by Environment Canada forecast 50 to 70 millimetres by Sunday morning with four-degrees-Celsius temperatures at Cypress.

VANOC has spent an undisclosed sum dumping snow at Cypress via helicopters and trucks because El Nino-influenced warm and wet weather wiped snow off the competition courses in January.


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