They've tried hard, valiantly. But at the end they had to give up. Late on Thursday the Norwegian Ski Association, a formal organizer of the Lillehammer FIS World Cup races, had to throw in a towel: not this crazy year, not with the current restrictions in place. The press release is talking about " postponing the event " but there are no gaps in schedule - unless someone else cancels, that is. It would appear that after the opener in Ruka, Finland the planet's best skiers will reconvene in Davos two weeks later, on December 12-13. Quite unprecedented gap in pre-Christmas competitions but the Year of COVID keeps on changing all the established notions.