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TWO VAL GARDENA DOWNHILLS CANCELED

Fog and light rain forced the cancellation of two World Cup downhills in Val Gardena, Italy, causing havoc to the men's ski calendar.

The two races wiped out by adverse weather conditions raised to five the number of men's speed events canceled this season.

World Cup officials said it would be difficult to reschedule all races prior to the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, in February.

In Val d'isere, France, one Swede replaced another, with Ylva Nowen earning her first World Cup victory and Pernilla Wiberg missing out on a storybook return.

Nowen took advantage of deteriorating weather conditions to win the slalom. She jumped from 14th place after the first run to win in 1 minute, 32.33 seconds.

Deborah Compagnoni of Italy, winner of Friday's giant slalom, finished second at 1:32.42, and Urska Hrovat of Slovenia was third at 1:32.81.

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