Last night I watched the women's snowboard cross event of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
After the semifinal races and before the final race (officially known as the "Big Final"), NBC showed what they called a consolation race - the "Small Final". This race included the 4th through 6th place finishers of the two semifinal races.
I know some events will have a consolation match that determines who wins the bronze medal. But this "Small Final" race determined who finished in 7th through 12th place. What is the point of that? Why does it matter who finishes in 7th through 12th place?