Statement from Longines and Swiss Timing regarding World Cup Crans-Montana ladies' downhill
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There were unfortunately timekeeping issues at the Audi FIS World Cup ladies' downhill race in Crans Montana (SUI).

The problem was due to connection issues between the infrastructure installed on the finish line and the timekeeping room. Consequently, the electronic timekeeping did not stop the finish time automatically for some of the competitors. 

Longines, Official Partner and Timekeeper of the FIS, and Swiss Timing, in charge of operations on site, are currently investigating the facts of this incident and will take on board fully the findings of this enquiry.

Despite the fact that the results were not displayed accurately in the finish area or on television, a manual backup timing system was used for the athletes that were affected as per FIS rules.

As a result of implementing the manual backup system, the top three finishers of today's downhill race are: First place, Sofia Goggia (ITA); second place, Joana Haehlen (SUI); third place, Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI). The official results can be found here.

Longines and Swiss Timing are very disappointed by this incident and wish to apologize to the athletes, organizers and spectators.