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Heavy snow forces cancellation of men's downhill at Wengen

The World Cup men's circuit lost one of its defining races Saturday when heavy snowfall forced the classic Lauberhorn downhill to be canceled.

Organizers said racing in Switzerland's signature ski event was not possible — for the first time since 2004 — despite earlier deciding to start lower down the hill.

Snowfall of up to 45 centimeters (17 inches) overnight continued this morning, and wind gusts around 60 kph (37 mph) complicated work to clear the course.

"Due to the present weather situation and after reviewing the forecast the jury together with the OC (organizing committee) has decided to cancel today's (downhill)," organizers said in a...