Gold in Calgary!!
Noelle after rightfully winning the race!
Note the tape under the thumb.
The CaseAs many of you may know already Noelle posted the fastest combined time for the World Cup race in Calgary last Friday and was named the winner. Shortly after, the British team complained about something on Noelle's handle (a nickle sized piece of tape that is used as a marker for placement of Noelle's hand on her handle, see pic above). It was put in the minds of the jury that this piece of tape was considered an extra handle, which it clearly is not. The jury then proceeded with a sled inspection, which consisted of pointing out this piece of tape being an extra handle which is not allowed. Noelle's sled went into a pre-race inspection earlier that week where the sled passed the inspection with this piece of tape and had not been altered. When the jury asked the sled inspector if this was on the sled, he pronounced that it was not there during the inspection, or he would not have passed the sled off. We assured him that it was indeed there, but had not been noticed. We provided evidence that earlier that day Noelle had slid in training with it present and brought it into sled inspection right after training.
We were denied our argument and instead of using a warning or a fine, they decided to jump straight to disqualification from the race.