|ATHENS, Greece -- Women's road cycling silver medalist
Judith Arndt won't be suspended for making an obscene gesture as
she crossed the finish line, the leader of the German Olympic
delegation said Monday.
Arndt directed the gesture at German cycling officials on
Sunday, upset because they didn't put her close friend Petra
Rossner on the Olympic team. Australia's Sara Carrigan won the gold
in Sunday's race, passing Arndt in the final 200 meters for the
Arndt was fined $162 by the International Cycling Union _ the
only sanction she'll face, German delegation leader Klaus Steinbach
"We cannot accept her unsportsmanlike behavior as she crossed
the line, which we strongly criticize. ... (But) now she will
receive our total support,'' he said.
Arndt, who apologized for making the gesture with her middle
finger, was allowed to ride in Wednesday's time trial where she's
among the favorites.
-- Associated Press