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Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Weather postpones Disabled World Cup

Poor visibility and a growing blanket of fog forced the postponement of Tuesday's super-giant slalom race at the International Paralympic Committee-World Cup for the Disabled ski series in Kimberley, British Columbia.

Tuesday's race, the second super-G of the series, started but 34 of the 87 competitors had yet to hit the course when the race was postponed until today. All of the female skiers and the male blind skiers had made their way down the course, but the male sit-skiers and the male standing skiers hadn't had a chance to ski. One of those not able to race Tuesday was Juneau mono-skier Joe Tompkins, who won a bronze medal in Monday's super-G race.

Race organizers said all of the results will be thrown out and the race, weather permitting, will be made up today. They said all of the skier categories are handicap-rated based on racing on the same race day, so Tuesday's early results can't be used. The skiers who did compete Tuesday had to deal with very chunky, sticky snow from Monday's snowstorm and Tuesday's warmer weather.

Two downhill races are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, but they might be bumped back a day to give organizers a chance to reset the course and give skiers a training run.

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