First what happened - as far as I can tell
• Asher went out second to last
• Asher ran 5 @ 39
• Asher was scored 4.5 @ 39
• Once back at the dock – (hundreds of yards from the judges) Asher requested a video review of his score
• When Nate started his ride the judge told him he needed 5 @ 39 to win
• Nate ran the 5 @ 39 that he was told he needed
• During Nate’s ride or soon after the judges revised Asher’s score to 5 @ 39
What I did not know until yesterday is the skier has an implied right to know the score needed to win
. As far as I can tell this right is clearly stated for Jump but not for slalom. I am under the impression that this is generally accepted in pro slalom as true.
Here is the rub – the starting dock is hundreds of yards from the judges tower and there are a lot of people watching the show. (This is where @FWinter
makes some comment about how if the review could be MUCH faster none of this would happen). The show must go on. It was a pickle for the judges. I do not know the exact order of events but you can see how a smooth outcome would be unlikely.
They could have given just Nate a re-ride for bad information but they scored both skiers at 5 @ 39 – forcing a run off. I think they did the best thing for the show. I also think that was the best solution in terms of competition. On the other hand you could say it was unfair to Nate. He won anyway but he was a risk.
It is all messy but I think the officials did a good job. It seems to me that the rules and the event logistics put the officials in an odd situation.