SOCHI SCENE: Alpine race callers' identity crisis

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 10:26 am •  Published: February 16, 2014
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Call it like you see it?

Alpine race announcers broadcasting to fans in the grandstand have not seen too clearly this weekend.

Medal winners were mistakenly identified during the men's super-G race Sunday despite a personnel change overnight after similar problems at the women's super-G.

Images of Americans Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht in the finish area were broadcast on the giant screen with a commentary naming them as Miller and teammate Ted Ligety, who placed 14th.

That wasn't the worst of it. Saturday's winner Anna Fenninger raced down the course as announcers enthused about Tina Weirather's great run. Weirather was listed No. 17 but withdrew injured, so the 17th starter was No. 18 Fenninger.

If the Austrian did not hear that flub while racing, she got a second chance moments later when announcers explained their error at length.

The International Ski Federation asked Sochi Olympics organizers, who are responsible for venue presentation, for a tighter show, prompting the changes Sunday.

— By Graham Dunbar — Twitter http://twitter.com/gdunbarap

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