The US Virgin Islands are hoping to send an athlete to Pyeongchang 2018 ©Getty Images

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (VIOC) are the subject of the first case in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Ad Hoc division for Pyeongchang 2018 after they filed an application seeking to earn a women's skeleton quota place at the Games.

The VIOC have appealed to the division after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) turned down their initial request.

They are hoping skeleton competitor Kathryn Tannenbaum will be cleared to compete at this month's Winter Olympic Games.

Few details have emerged about the case, although it is likely to relate to the sports entry deadline for Pyeongchang 2018, which fell on January 28.

The VIOC have now turned to the Ad-Hoc Division, which will rule on legal matters which arise during the Olympics.

It is understood that the IBSF designated Olympic spots according to qualification criteria and ruled Tannenbaum was not ranked high enough.

The CAS also have an anti-doping office in operation at Pyeongchang 2018, as they did for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Alpine skier Jasmine Campbell was the only athlete from the US Virgin Islands to compete at Sochi 2014 ©Getty Images
Alpine skier Jasmine Campbell was the only athlete from the US Virgin Islands to compete at Sochi 2014 ©Getty Images

Both offices will be located at the Tower Condomium at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre and are operational from Tuesday (January 30) to February 25.

The US Virgin Islands sent one athlete to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as Alpine skier Jasmine Campbell was their sole participant.

Campbell finished 56th in the women's giant slalom and 43rd in the women's slalom.

The country's best-known Winter Olympic athlete is Anne Abernathy, nicknamed "Grandma Luge" who became the oldest competitor at the Games at Salt Lake City 2002.

Abernathy, who turned to archery in a bid to participate at Rio 2016, qualified for six Winter Olympics during her career.

She was part of the joint largest US Virgin Islands team to compete at the Winter Games when eight athletes from the nation took part in Salt Lake City.

Eight US Virgin Islands athletes also competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.