Blowing snow, wind halt women’s bobsled WCup event

Blizzard-like conditions have forced postponement of the women’s bobsled World Cup competition at Olympic Park in Park City.

By (AP)

Published: Sat 11 Dec 2010, 11:31 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:56 AM

Race jury president Georg Werth announced the decision Friday after the timing system failed because of blowing snow. He said the race would be made up next week in Lake Placid, New York.

‘It wasn’t as much about the snow as it was wind,’ said US women’s coach Dave Owens. ‘The wind was blowing snow into the timing eyes and we had sleds going down with no timing.’

The men’s two-man bobsled was still scheduled for Friday night, pending an improvement in the weather.

Six sleds made it down the course before the timers failed when Paula Walker and Rebekah Wilson of England were on the track. Officials cleaned out the timers, but the continued high winds forced a halt to the racing.

Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming, the top Americans, were on deck when the racing was stopped.

‘It’s sad to cancel a race at home,’ said Rohbock, who plans to retire after the 2010-11 season. ‘Technically it is better for me. I don’t love the track (in Lake Placid), but my sled does.’

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