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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Frenchman Wins After Races Axed

HAKUBA, Japan -- Luc Alphand of France won the men's World Cup downhill title when racing was cancelled for the third day in a row by heavy snowfall at this Japanese resort.


The latest cancellation ensured Alphand would win the title, with one more downhill to come in Lillehammer, Norway, later this week.


Alphand has 532 points against 359 for his closest rival Patrick Ortleib of Austria, an unassailable lead. International Ski Federation sources said there was no chance of adding a second downhill event at Lillehammer.


American Picabo Street won the women's title.


The weekend's problems at Hakuba, one of the venues of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, revealed shortcomings ahead of the main event less than two years away.


The Feb. 28 to March 3 event at Hakuba was the first real test event for the 1998 Olympics, the first Winter Games to be held in Japan since 1972.


Skiers who took part in the downhill practice and super-giant slalom event complained the Happo-One course was too short, although many welcomed its technically-challenging layout.


The Nagano Winter Olympics Organizing Committee has rejected pleas to move the starting point higher up for the Hakuba downhill course, saying it would endanger a special nature preserve.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)