Despite finishing 16th, Chaffer still lies 10th in the World Cup standings, while Steele has dropped to 12th, despite a time that would have had her inside the top 10.
The event was won by the UK’s Elizabeth Yarnold, ahead of Austria’s Janine Flock and the USA’s Noelle Pikus-Pace.
Competing on the track for the second time in three days, Steele and Chaffer were hoping to improve their World Cup rankings, but couldn’t repeat their early season form.
Heavy snow saw the cancellation of the event’s first run, meaning that just one pass down the course would decide the final standings.
“It was a very tough day of racing for our team today,” Australian Skeleton Program Manager, Dale Chapman, said.
“We were seeking to learn the lessons from Friday and capitalise on the strong training runs that both Lucy and Michelle had completed. Unfortunately with very heavy snowfall and a poorly prepared start groove, it led to the delay in racing and then the cancellation of the normal two run race protocol.
“Lucy’s start position and push was a solid improvement on Friday, but unfortunately a couple of small mistakes in important sections of the track cost her the speed and momentum required to finish with a stronger time.
“Michelle also started strongly compared to Friday and was able to post a time that would have been another top 10 finish, however she was sadly disqualified for being over the combined allowed sled and athlete weight limit by a small 300 gram margin.
“This has been a bitter result to accept, however that is racing on the edge.”
The Australian team now has a short 10 day break over the Christmas holiday period, and will use the disappointment of Lake Placid as motivation going forward.
“We’ll find the further improvements necessary for success during the remainder of the World Cup races and in Sochi,” Chapman said.
The FIBT Skeleton World Cup moves to Europe for the final four events, with Winterberg in Germany hosting round four on the first week in January.