Skiers seek climate change moves: 'The seasons have shifted'
Overall World Cup winners Mikaela Shiffrin, Federica Brignone and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde are among nearly 200 athletes from multiple disciplines who have signed a letter addressed to the International Ski and Snowboard Federation demanding action over climate change.
Weather postpones World Cup ski race in Italy until Tuesday
Switzerland's Carlo Janka speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill training, in Bormio, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)BORMIO – A men's World Cup super-G was called off an hour before its planned start Monday and rescheduled for Tuesday because of bad weather in the Italian Alps. The move also forced the postponement of the classic downhill on the Stelvio course, which was planned for Tuesday but has been pushed back to Wednesday. Dense snowfall and flat light made a safe speed race impossible, the International Ski Federation said, adding that the decision was taken “due to the current weather conditions and the forecast for today.”Tuesday's race will be the third super-G of the season. Switzerland's Mauro Caviezel and defending overall World Cup champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway won the previous two races.
Norwegian skier Braathen upsets favorites in GS for 1st win
Braathen, who had never finished in a World Cup podium position, improved from fifth place after the opening leg to upset the pre-race favorites and clinch his first career win. Braathen posted the second fastest time in the decisive leg to finish ahead of Swiss duo Marco Odermatt and Caviezel. Competing in only his 23th event in the World Cup, Braathen had a fourth place as his previous best result at the slalom in Kitzbuehel in January. With Braathen and Odermatt, who turned 23 this month, a younger generation occupied the top spots in the season's first race. The next World Cup races are parallel events for men and women in another Austrian resort, Lech/Zuers, on Nov. 13-14.