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Super G postponed, Bear to re-race

18 February 2006

The alpine skiing super G has been postponed after just 17 skiers had been down the course, due deteriorating weather conditions at Sestriere Borgata.

Australian AJ Bear was sitting in 8th position when competition was suspended.

The 29-year-old Bear completed the course in 1:33.13 – 1.64 seconds off the pace. Bear competed in difficult conditions, with heavy snow falling and the course shrouded in fog.

The weather continued to close in and officials eventually decided to call a halt and will re-evaluate the course at 13:30.

The event will now be re-run with Bear’s first up performance now counting for nothing more than a first-class warm up for the rescheduled event.

Bear, the fifth skier to compete, was quick on the top part of the course, but a slight error on the lower part of the mountain saw him lose time.

The mistake cost him around 1.5 seconds, as he lost speed heading to a fast flat section of the course.

Frenchman Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin led the field having completed the course in 1:31.49, with Canadians Manuel Osborne-Paradis, 1:31:85, and John Kucera, 1:32.41, filling the minor medal positions.

Super G is the second-fastest of the alpine events and, in many ways, the most challenging, requiring not only skiing ability, but bravery and brainpower as well.

Bear’s highest finish at the World Championships in Super G was 25th in 1999 and this season his best World Cup performance was 27th in Val Gardena, Italy.

Kevin Diggerson / AOC
Torino

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