It would not be another bluebird day for the final race of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championship in Beaver Creek, Colorado, on Sunday. Overcast skies threatening snow, flat light, and a challenging course set proved difficult for many of the world’s best.
Rokas after his second run

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