Can anyone make sense of the Bode Miller bib draw incident and subsequent punishment. For being a few minutes late to the draw he was forced to race from the back of the pack at number 46 This is from Aksel Svindal's blog: "It usually starts at 18.00, but all racers have to show up 17.45. Last night Bode showed at 17.50, and for that he is punished by the FIS and given bib 46. Is that too harsh? I think so. He was still in good time before he was getting his bib. Sometimes these bib draws take for ever. And the fact that he is ranked in the top 7 and the best guys come last at the bib draw, he was there possibly an hour before it was his time to get the bib. And today he has probably lost his chance of getting a good result."
The Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup article says: "Favorite Bode Miller had challenges starting on Friday night during the public bib draw. He showed up 3 minutes late, was fined $999 Swiss francs, and was moved to the back of the start list from position 16 to 46. After skiing from his new assigned starting spot to 35th place, he quickly left the finish area without speaking to reporters."
So apparently he was three minutes late for a reporting time set fifteen minutes before an entertainment event in which he would not even need to appear for another hour after the time he was expected to show up. This was worth removing one of the podium contenders from the competition? No one knows how he would have done with his original position 16 start but surely removing him reduced the excitement of competition and potentially affected the race. Maybe he would have failed, but now no one knows.
How significant is being three minutes late (or even five) to the pre-show up time to the bib draw? (This isn't a rhetorical question. I don't know anything about these events.) Does it make sense for the race jury to make a ruling that affects the race over an event that has nothing to do with the fair and safe running of the race?
Don't get me wrong Cuche and Guay skied well but it still doesn't make sense to me that a major contender is removed from competition, nor does it seem fair.