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Posted: Friday, January 21, 2005

Disabled World Cup weathered out for third straight day

Rainy weather and soft snow on Thursday forced another day of postponements to the International Paralympic Committee-World Cup for the Disabled ski series in Kimberley, British Columbia. It was the third straight day that weather forced a postponement or cancellation of events in the four-race ski series at Kimberley Resort.

Juneau's Joe Tompkins, a mono-skier, is among the competitors at the event.

On Thursday, the scheduled second super-G race of the series was postponed just before the first racer was scheduled to leave the starting gate. According to Alpine Canada, the members of the local ski race club, coaches, course crew and volunteers worked all morning to try and get the course ready, but the race was postponed due to safety reasons.

The snow had been treated on Wednesday night to try and keep it hard for Thursday afternoon's races, but race organizers decided the soft snow underneath posed a safety risk for the athletes, especially for the mono-skiers.

The series opened on Monday with a super-G, and Tompkins won a bronze medal for his third career trip to a Disabled World Cup podium. But Tuesday's super-G race was postponed by fog and Wednesday's make-up super-G was postponed by rain.

Two downhill races scheduled for Thursday and today have been canceled as organizers try to fit in the second super-G run. Today is the last scheduled day of the series, and officials are hoping to get the super-G completed, even if it takes some course modifications.



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