New Zealand's ever-present silver fern flag caused an unlikely but brief stir at the Winter Olympics during Thursday's heats of the women's snowboard slopestyle.
With four Kiwis competing in the event, a vocal New Zealand contingent brought themselves to official attention with the silver fern flag they were waving in the stands.
Only official national flags are meant to be displayed in Olympic venues, so some quick explanation from New Zealand chef de mission Peter Wardell was required.
"We had a whole lot of supporters with a New Zealand flag and a silver fern flag, and there was a bit of discussion about it," Wardell told AAP.
"It took five minutes of good-natured discussion and pointing to the silver fern on people's uniform to point out that it was our national emblem."
The IOC doesn't allow emblems, propaganda or unapproved corporate logos to be displayed at Olympic venues.
A group of Australians ran into similar problems at the women's moguls event later that night.
Shane Morris, father of aerial skier David, was asked to hand over his Boxing Kangaroo flag to officials while supporting the three Aussie competitors at the qualifying event.
He refused the request and while nothing further came of the matter at the time, a security officer was positioned near him for a short period after the incident.
The Boxing Kangaroo flag also caused similar problems at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when it flew at the village for athletes.