|Italy's Daniela Merighetti waves an Italian flag as she celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill, in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)|
Slovenia's Tina Maze gets OK on long underwear
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy—Fashion alert: Tina Maze's long underwear is just fine.
After the Slovenian skier finished second in a super-G in Bad Kleinkircheim, Austria, last weekend the Swiss team protested. It contended the plastic level exceeded International Ski Federation rules, giving her an aerodynamic edge.
The federation said Saturday "air permeability rules were fulfilled" during a test of the one-piece undergarment. It gave Maze the go-ahead to wear it and said there will be no change to the race results.
The federation, however, recommends racers not use such clothing because it could prevent the body from breathing.
Coaches of all teams informally agreed Wednesday not to use the clothing until further tests. Maze wore something else when finishing fourth in Saturday's downhill.