Following an appeal from Fanny Smith and Swiss Ski, the FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski Appeals Commission made the decision to overturn the FIS Jury decision at the Women’s Olympic Ski Cross Final race.
As a result, Ski Cross athlete Fanny Smith (SUI) will be awarded third place in the event, while German Daniela Maier will officially finish in fourth place.
During the Finals of the Women’s Olympic Ski Cross race, Fanny Smith was sanctioned with a yellow card, which moved her from her third-place finish to a fourth-place finish as per the FIS International Competition Rules.
The Appeals Commission met four times and reviewed both video and written documentation for several hours and ultimately found that the contact was the result of a sequence of actions which happened in unison. The Appeals Commission found that the close proximity of the racers at that moment resulted in action that was neither intentional or avoidable.
Therefore, the Appeals Commission found that the Jury decision should have been rendered as an Official Warning, which as written in the Guidelines on Intentional Contact, would lead to no sanction.