Super-G races canceled; Hirscher edges near title

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 11:07 AM

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Organizers canceled the final World Cup super-G races after only 10 of 27 men's racers started, putting Marcel Hirscher of Austria close to a second straight overall title.

The canceled women's race gave the season-long super-G title to Tina Maze of Slovenia. She could have been caught only by American Julia Mancuso.

U.S. head coach Alex Hoedlmoser said the steep, twisting course was "too dangerous" for racing.

"The wind was blowing the snow across the track and you couldn't really see enough," he said. "The conditions on the top were just not good enough."

Maze of Slovenia had already won the overall and giant slalom titles.

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway also had won the super-G title but was prevented from scoring race points in his overall pursuit of Hirscher. Svindal trails Hirscher by 149 points with the Austrian technical specialist's best two events remaining.

Organizers called off Thursday's race 45 minutes after Klaus Kroell of Austria crashed into the safety nets. He was taken by helicopter for treatment.

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