Bad weather continues to hamper slopes

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

WHISTLER, B.C. - Warm, wet weather continues to stymie the alpine events on Whistler Mountain.

Training for the women's downhill was cancelled Sunday morning after all-night rains at the bottom of the hill and 18 centimeters of fresh snow at the top kept the conditions messed up.

That means for the third consecutive day no skiers will be on the competitive slopes here. Of seven scheduled training sessions, only one has been completed - the men's downhill on Thursday - and even that was over an abbreviated course.

With temperatures expected to drop overnight, officials are hopeful that the men's downhill - featuring Canadian medal hopefuls Manual Osborne-Paradis and Robbie Dixon - will be run Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. local time.

The women's downhill, featuring American superstar Lindsay Vonn - is scheduled for Wednesday but it can't be run until the entire field gets a training session in.

rob.longley@sunmedia.ca

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