MEGÈVE, FRANCE, 14 JAN 2013 – Training is over and it's all system's 'Go' for a condensed one-day qualification and finals program on Tuesday, 15 January, at the Audi FIS Freestyle ski cross World Cup stop in Megève, France.
Because of a Wednesday weather forecast strikingly similar to the one we saw on Friday in Les Contamines that bought 24 hours of heavy snow and forced the movement of qualifications to Saturday morning before the race, officials and organizers have made the decision to preempt a possible cancellation of Wednesday's race by moving it forward one day.
This means that competition will get underway at 09:35 with ladies' qualification, followed by men's qualification at noon and finals at 14:00 local time.
Also, for the first time this season, both the men's and ladies' races will see 32 skiers qualify and compete in a full eight-, quarter-, semi-final, and finals program.
On Tuesday evening following the competition there will be an awards ceremony in the Megève Village Square at 18:00, in the time slot originally set aside for a bib presentation. This again will be a first-of-its-kind event for the 2012-13 season, and promises to be an entertaining event for all comers.
Megève, FRA, World Cup ski cross race program altered, with race moved ahead one day, to Tuesday, 15 January 2013, at 14:00 local time
Ladies' qualification begins at 09:35
Men's qualification begins at 12:00 noon
Both men's and ladies' finals will allow 32 skiers to qualify, for the first time this season
Les Contamines men's winner Alex Fiva (SUI) has now won two races in a row, has three podiums on the season, and is undoubtably the current man-to-beat on Audi ski cross World Cup circuit
Les Contamines ladies' winner Andrea Limbacher (AUT) now has two podiums on the season, and fought off the top-ranked women on tour – Anna Holmlund and Fanny Smith – for her victory on Saturday