Arosa, SUI- (13 December 2017) - There was more bad luck lined up for the 2017 Audi FIS Ski Cross Alps Tour on Tuesday night in Arosa (SUI), as the second competition in a row was forced to be cancelled due to the inclement weather that has been hovering over the Alps for the past week.
The qualification round for the Arosa competition took place in the early afternoon on Tuesday after heavy winds forced the its postponement from Monday. And though that successful qualification round and a spirited public heat selection soon after it carried great promise into the evening, the sudden onset of a heavy snowfall threw everything that the organizers and officials could handle, and more, and after four challenging heats of the men’s eight finals the decision was made to call off the rest of the competition.
New Zealand's Jamie Prebble had successfully qualified for the finals and had won his heat in the 1/8 final. However, because the qualification phase of the competition was completed successfully for both men and ladies, according to FIS rules a final result was able to be rewarded based on the qualification rankings. Jamie's 19th place qualifying time therefore counted as his final result.
On the men’s side it was Kevin Drury (CAN) taking second place for a career-first podium on the day, while Sweden's Victor Oehling Norberg stepped up to the top step on the podium.
From Arosa, the 2017 Audi FIS Ski Cross Alps tour moves on quickly to Montafon (AUT), where the next competition of the tour is slated to take place on Friday 15 December, with finals scheduled to take place at 10:30 CET.