Organisers of the final men's super-G ski race in Are have been forced to cancel the event following five hours of delay due to heavy fog.
Despite a late improvement in the weather, the men's race was called off in the middle of the afternoon so as to allow the women's super-G race to go ahead. While Austria's Hermann Maier has already clinched the super-G crown and the overall men's title, the women's race could still have a bearing on the overall women's title.
Didier Cuche was already certain of finishing the season as Switzerland's best placed skier in the men's super-G. Friday's cancellation assured the 26-year-old from Neuchatel of sixth place in the discipline's standings, almost 250 points behind Maier.
The amazing Austrian has now been crowned super-G champion for the fourth year in a row, although the latest cancellation has denied him the chance to break another record.
With 12 victories already this winter, Maier had been in line to break Ingmar Stenmark's record of 13 wins in one season. He will now only be able to equal the record with a win in Saturday's giant slalom race, where Maier is hoping to overhaul the 40-point lead held by Switzerland's Michael von Grünigen.
swissinfo with agencies
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