The British Olympic Association is standing firm on its decision not to offer ski cross athlete Emily Sarsfield a place in the team for next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Sarsfield has reportedly engaged lawyers having failed with an initial appeal against her non-selection for the 56-strong Great Britain team for the Games, which was announced this week.
Sarsfield narrowly missed out on making the strict Olympic qualifying criteria by placing two places lower than the automatic cut-off point in the latest world rankings.
But because two athletes above her are ineligible for the Games due to quotas which limit the number of athletes who can take part in an event from any one country, Sarsfield was hopeful the BOA would take up a second invitation on her behalf.
However the BOA insisted its policy not to accept so-called 'hand-back' places is firm and clear, and that Sarsfield would have been aware of the criteria before the qualifying process began.
The BOA said in a statement: "With respect to Emily Sarsfield, she did not secure an automatic quota place as determined by the International Federation.
"The agreement between the BOA and (British Ski and Snowboard) does not allow for the acceptance of 'hand-back' places. All British Ski and Snowboard athletes would have been aware of this position.
"The Olympic Qualification Standards are purposely high. Given the investment that has gone into winter sport in the UK, it is expected that every athlete who ultimately competes for Team GB is in a position to deliver a credible performance at the Games.
"We are deeply disappointed for Emily. Throughout her athletic career, she has displayed remarkable tenacity and dedication, and we wish her the very best for continued success."
Her failure to make the team for Sochi is another disappointment for Sarsfield, who narrowly missed out on a place at the Vancouver Games in 2010 due to injury.
Sarsfield told the Northern Echo: "I was absolutely devastated when I was told of the news.
"I've hit every performance standard that was asked of me, and achieved every target I've been set in this Olympic cycle.
"The discrepancy has come because of the interpretation of what automatic selection means. The BOA and British Ski and Snowboard seem to be interpreting that differently to everyone else, and that's what's causing me problems."