For those who don't race SX, didn't watch the event at X... it seems like everyone jumped to conclusions and likes to cry foul at the drop of a hat and blame everyone else. It's a no brainer in SX that you are NOT Allowed things to fasten your jersey or pants closer to your body. It IS racing, and there IS a standard of clothing with a minimum bagginess from the body all throughout the item of clothing. She knew this. It wasn't just about her Sarah Arm Band, it was about the bands at her boots, the timer she wore ABOVE her pants instead of under like every other competitor. And it was about her lack of a jersey, and spine protector she wore above her outerlayer instead of under like every other racer. As for the 14 second time difference.. 4 of the 6 girls in her heat crashed. Langely didn't because she was in the back and skied around the carnage.
This is Jenny Owens's reply (bronze medalist and current WC SX racer for Australia) on Unoffical Networks.
Initial post with her reply.http://unofficialnetworks.com/langle...y-games-71515/
"This has gone WAY to far…
Listen to all the experts here! People that watch on TV or online or saw photos of her/our clothing!!! Everyone in that race, racers World Cup except Langley because she retired. Everyone is wearing the correct clothing and with the correct measurements of the fabric.
There were comments made by teams/athletes about Langley’s clothing through out the week, even before she started in qualifying but she didn’t do anything about this.
Langley has been around long enough and know the rules inside and out. No one is wearing “spandex clothing”. Langley is clearly pissed off and attacking which every way she can. In some ways she has every right to be a little pissed because they should have DQ’d in qualis or at least warned her.
I am very disappointed in Langley for taking this so far and if I see her in the near future I will definitely let her know.
Nat Holland is 100% correct and I’m also glad the Frenchies have been standing up for them selves here. They have every right to protest, just like someone has a right to protest for pushing or grabbing. Rules are made to protect the athletes and the sport. We all try to do our best by sticking to them and if you don’t, you pay the consequences.
I don’t see why people feel the need to swear and call people names when none of you know the full story. Media twist things to there liking. Langley has clearly made some status updates on her FB, I like Langley, she’s a nice girl but this is very wrong on her part and she should know better"
Also Nate Hollands reply on the same thread.. (Yesterday's Snowboard X winner and 5 time X games gold medalist)
"I didn’t realize that unofficial was actually fox news. Everybody here is mentally retarded. Langely is a fucking idiot. Everybody who has ever competed in ski cross or boarder cross knows that what she did was illegal. And her using Sarah’s name as a scapegoat is bullshit. She was wearing ties to hold her clothing down that had nothing to do with Sarah. Those french fucks did what any other athlete would’ve done had they been bumped by someone blatantly cheating. You don’t put bands around your pants by accident. It takes time and you do it for the single reason of decreasing your time. If you can’t abide by the most basic rules of x-games (and ski/ boarder cross in general) perhaps you should quit (which I thought she already did)."
Unofficial's newer post.http://unofficialnetworks.com/langle...-straps-71635/
I'm a little appalled at how quick people were to bash the french, blame the games, etc. This is racing, play by the rules that everyone else follows. Jenny mentioned that other athletes and coaches spoke to her about her gear and methods of wearing them prior to the race. It was her choice to listen or not. It's unfortunate she got disqualified.. but I'm not happy with the negativity it brought regarding Sarah's passing or the arm band which had little if nothing to do with this at all. Langely is a nice girl, but people have blown this out of proportion and twisted it to suit their drama requirements for the night.