Laurie Stephens finishes fourth in slalom after appeal
Laurie Stephens finished fourth in the women's slalom.
Germany's Anna Schaffelhuber has been awarded the gold medal in the women's slalom sitting event after a successful appeal against her disqualification. Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.) was bumped to fourth place in the official standings.
Schaffelhuber, who has already won the downhill and super-G Paralympic titles so far in Sochi, was disqualified from her first run in Wednesday's slalom competition. Under protest, she was allowed to complete her second run on Wednesday afternoon.
On March 13, the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing Board of Appeal overturned the original disqualification made by the race jury for not having her outriggers in a stationary and fixed position at the start of the race.
The jury decided that Schaffelhuber had not gained a competitive advantage from her start and therefore should not have been disqualified. As a result of the successful appeal, the results from Wednesday's slalom sitting event are now official and the medalists are as follows:
- Gold: Anna Schaffelhuber (GER), 2:09.93
- Silver: Anna-Lena Forster (GER), 2:14.35
- Bronze: Kimberly Joines (CAN), 2:15.16