by James Murphy
New American 

On Sunday, the final runs of the Alpine Ski World Cup championships in Saalbach, Austria, had to be canceled due to extreme wind and snow. The Men’s Downhill event, considered by many to be the most exciting event on the Alpine circuit, had to be called off because of weather conditions.

The start of the event was pushed back several times as organizers worked to put the course into reasonable shape, but eventually event officials called it off.

“Unfortunately due to the present weather situation with wind and snowfall affecting the track conditions, to insure the safety of the athletes, today’s Men’s DH [has] been cancelled,” FIS Alpine announced on X.

Superstar Swiss skier Marco Odermatt was declared the winner of the event and took the overall downhill championship for the season — the globe — edging out Cyprien Sarrazin of France, who finished 42 points behind after the cancellation.

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