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Wengen Lauberhorn World Cup ski races canceled, replaced

Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup - Men's Downhill Training

WENGEN, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 16 : Beat Feuz of Switzerland in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men’s Downhill Training on January 16, 2019 in Wengen Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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The signature World Cup men’s ski racing stop in Wengen, Switzerland, this weekend has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The classic Lauberhorn races have been held since 1930. They were to include downhills Friday and Saturday and a slalom on Sunday. The Lauberhorn downhilll generally attracts more than 30,000 spectators.

“It was determined by the Bern Authorities, after a detailed evaluation, that it would not be possible to take all precautions so that the athletes and the support teams can be adequately protected in separate zones,” according to the International Ski Federation (FIS).

The men’s World Cup will head to another signature location, Kitzbühel, Austria, one week earlier than planned for consecutive weekends of racing. The new schedule for the next two weekends:

Saturday: Slalom (replacing Wengen)
Sunday: Slalom
Friday, Jan. 22: Downhill (replacing Wengen)
Saturday, Jan. 23: Downhill
Sunday, Jan. 24: Super-G

The second Wengen downhill will be replaced at a to-be-announced venue and time.

Previously, stops in the U.S., Canada and China were taken off the schedule due to the virus, limiting travel and keeping the World Cup in Europe.

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