With gusts up to 40 mph, FIS officials have delayed the start of today’s Birds of Prey World Cup downhill. Start time was initially 11am (MST), but officials have moved that time back to 1:30pm. There will be another meeting-of-the-minds assessment at 1pm, so nothing is written in stone yet.
When the race does resume, the start of the race will be from the super G start, lower down on the mountain. The Vail Daily is reporting:
When action resumes at Birds of Prey, the heart of the lineup starts at No. 13 with Bode Miller. The first top-seeded runner is Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal at No.16, followed by Switzerland’s Didier Cuche, Austria’s Mario Scheiber, Switzerland’s Carlo Janka and Austria’s Michael Walchhofer.
Janka won all three races here last year, while Svindal win the downhill in 2008, preceded by Walchoffer in 2007. Miller has won three races here, including the 2004 and 2006 downhills.