Due to lack of snow, brought about by warm and rainy weather conditions, the FIS slopestyle World Cup in Sochi, Russia has been cancelled. To date, the superpipe competition is still a go. An FIS spokesperson indicated organizers are “momentarily undertaking all possible efforts to secure the conduction of the remaining events, the ski halfpipe, aerials, moguls and the ski cross.” Event organizers and the FIS are also reviewing the possibility of rescheduling the slopestyle event at a later date in the season.
There has been much excitement and anticipation surrounding the Olympic test event in Sochi, and the news of the slopestyle cancellation comes as a shock—and a bit of a bummer—to freeskiing fans. The cancellation begs the question to be asked: Is there a possibility of a similar scenario playing out in 2014?
While we’ll cross our fingers in the hopes that a slopestyle competition can be rescheduled, we continue to look forward to the superpipe portion of the event, slated to go down on February 16.
See the FIS Freestyle event calendar here.