LECH, Austria -- Zoe Haas of Switzerland emerged the winner of the World Cup super giant slalom Saturday after the Austrian leader was disqualified for having a safety pin on her jersey.
On Friday, four Austrian skiers were disqualified. Among them was Sigrid Wolf, who won her her second Super G of the season. West German Coach Klaus Mayr lodged a protest against the Austrians for attaching numbers to their jerseys with safety pins instead of string.
Andi Rauch, the coordinator for the Austrians, then made a counter-protest. Three hours after the race Haas was declared the winner in 1 minute 15.55 seconds, four-hundredths of a second slower than Wolf.
'It's a joke,' Wolf said. 'It's terrible to be beaten in this way.'
'I really had no idea whether I was even in the top 15,' Haas said immediately after the race. 'I just knew it was a nice race for me and apart from one small mistake that I was very fast.'
Catherine Quittet of France was promoted to second place with 1:15.75 and Michela Figini of Switzerland took third in 1:15.79.
The Austrian Ski Federation later filed a protest against Heinz Krecek of West Germany, the technical director of the international ski federation (FIS), and the jury which voted 3-1 to disqualify the Austrians. Krecek left immediately for Berne, Switzerland, to meet FIS officials.
'I think the whole affair is very bad for ski racing generally,' Krecek said at a news conference.
Said Rauch: 'The whole thing is untrue. We have done nothing against regulations.'
Austria's Anita Wachter was bumped from fifth place.
'The whole thing is terrible, but I don't want to talk about it,' she said.
Austria's Elisabeth Kirchler, who finished 12th, said she used a safety pin to mend a hole in her suit.
Figini leads the World Cup standings with 121 points, 20 ahead of Spain's Blanca Fernendez Ochoa. Figini also leads the World Cup Super G standings.
'The race went really well for me today,' Figini said. 'The top part of the course was lovely, but I didn't like the second part so much. For me the ideal Super G is a little faster.'
The race was also marred by an accident to Heidi Zurbriggen, the sister of Pirmin who won Saturday's World Cup men's downhill in Val D'Isere, France. She broke a leg during a fall and was flown home to Switzerland after treatment.