On Monday, at the mixed team ski jumping event at the Beijing Winter Olympics, five female competitors were disqualified.

The five athletes were Norway's Silje Opseth and Anna Odine Stroem, Japan's Sara Takanashi, Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, and Germany's Katharina Althaus.

The official reason given by International Ski Federation (FIS) was that their uniforms were "loose".

FIS claimed this would have given the disqualified athletes an unfair advantage over the others, lending them better aerodynamics during jumps.

German Olympian Katharina Althaus was the first dissenting voice, saying “I think they have destroyed women’s ski jumping. I don’t know what they’re trying to do."

Her coach agreed, saying all such things should have been cleared up before the competition, even as he complied with the orders.

Norwegian ski jumping chief of sports Clas Brede Braathen was harsher, claiming, “The sport of ski jumping has experienced one of its darker days today."

Nordic ski jumper Silje Ospeth wrote on her Instagram, "Lost for words. Just really sorry, sad, and empty.”

FIS stuck to its guns and said that no official complaint about the disqualification has come from any of the teams.