February 26, 2019 / 1:00 PM / 8 months ago

Alpine skiing: Downhill results changed three days later over timing problems

FILE PHOTO: Alpine Skiing - FIS Alpine World Ski Championships - Women's Super G - Are, Sweden - February 5, 2019 Silver medalist Italy's Sofia Goggia celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

ZURICH (Reuters) - A problem with the electronic timing system has forced the result of the women’s downhill World Cup race at Crans Montana to be changed three days later, the International Skiing Federation (FIS) said on Tuesday.

Olympic champion Sofia Goggia remained as the winner of Saturday’s race at the Swiss resort but second-placed Joana Haehlen of Switzerland was deprived of her first-ever World Cup podium when she dropped from second to fourth.

“FIS and Swiss Timing would like to apologize to all competitors, teams, media and Alpine Skiing followers for this unfortunate incident,” the FIS said in a statement.

Swiss Timing, a Swatch Group company, is in charge of timing operations on site for World Cup races.

The FIS added that it was satisfied that the official results were now “accurate and reflect the correct times of all competitors.”

It said that the times of four skiers were not recorded electronically due to “the set-up of the photo cells at the finish, which were mounted too high.” The manual times were then incorrectly calculated, it added.

Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami dropped from third to sixth following the review while Nicole Schmidhofer moved up to second and Corinne Suter to third.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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