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French skier fined for rude gesture

21/02/2006 06:24:47 AM Comments (0)

French Alpine skier Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin has been fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($A5,000) for making a rude gesture in the finish area after Saturday's men's Olympic super-G.

Dalcin had led after 17 skiers when the race was stopped by heavy snow and poor visibility.

The times were scrapped and when the race was re-run later in the afternoon, the Frenchman missed a gate. Reaching the finish area, he raised his middle finger towards the slope. "I was robbed and that's it," he told reporters.

The fine was imposed by the International Ski Federation for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Race referee Guenter Hujara told team captains on Sunday that such behaviour by an athlete would not be tolerated.

"This was a unanimous decision of the jury who will not accept this kind of gesture in the future," he said.

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