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Men’s downhill training called off

January 31, 2014

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Heavy snowfall has forced World Cup organizers to cancel Friday’s training run for a men’s World Cup downhill scheduled for Saturday; the last speed race before the Sochi Olympics.

Race officials managed to get in one training run on Thursday but it has been snowing heavily in this Swiss resort for the past 24 hours and the forecast is for more snow that could jeopardize the race. A giant slalom is scheduled for Sunday.

The pair of races had initially been scheduled for Garmisch-Partenkirchen but had to be moved because of a lack of snow in the German resort.

Max Franz of Austria had the fastest run on Thursday, beating Bode Miller of the United States by .03 seconds. Matthias Mayer of Austria was third, 0.16 back.

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