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Sochi: Mistaken identity, Alpine edition

Sochi: Mistaken identity, Alpine edition
Women's super-G medalists from left, Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch (silver), Austria's Anna Fenninger (gold) and Austria's Nicole Hosp (bronze) pose for photographers on the podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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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.
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