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The Associated Press - Sunday Feb. 23, 2014 05:47 ET

Canada's appeal of men's ski cross result dismissed

Claim of illegal suits denied

France's ski cross team beats a fast path to the finish line on Thursday
French ski cross racers Jean Frederic Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol edge out Canada's Brady Leman in the final race Thursday. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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Canada will not be adding a gold medal to its tally after the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed an appeal that tried to disqualify three French medallists in the Olympic men's ski cross event.

The Canadians, along with Slovenia, had accused the French team of changing the shape of their athletes' ski pants for better aerodynamics. Rules prohibit uniform alterations for such purposes.

Calgary's Brady Leman finished fourth in the final to Jean-Frederic Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol of France in Thursday's competition. If Canada had won the appeal, Leman would have become the gold medallist.

Slovenia's Filip Flisar placed second in the small final and would have been bumped to bronze while Russia would have taken the silver.

The sweep by Chapuis, Bovolenta and Midol was France's first gold, silver and bronze in the same event at any Winter Olympics. The top sports court's decision came on Sunday, the final day of the Sochi Olympics.

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