February 24, 2010 / 6:21 AM / 10 years ago

Alpine skiing: South African too fast for his own good

Alpine skier Peter Scott of South Africa carries his skis during a training session at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 22, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

WHISTLER (Reuters) - Starting among the slowcoaches of Olympic Alpine skiing, South African teenager Peter Scott paid the price for going too fast on Tuesday.

The French-based 19-year-old, sandwiched between the first Pakistani to compete in a Winter Games and a Moroccan in the giant slalom starting order, left the hut as 97th of 103 competitors in the first run and then stopped.

After trying to scramble the few metres back up the hill, he skied to one side.

“He started too quick and was disqualified,” Moroccan Samir Azzimani, the 98th starter, told Reuters although the results listed Scott as a non-finisher.

He was at least in good company. Super combined gold medallist Bode Miller of the United States also failed to complete the run.

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