Is the Sochi 2014 fix is in Olympic figure skating events?
L’Equipe, the French sports magazine, quoted on Friday an anonymous senior Russian coach who says Russia and the United States have set up a “proposed barter” to help each other at the Sochi Olympic figure skating events.
Because they are not in direct competition with each other in these events, the United States would help Russia win the team gold event, while Russia would reciprocate by supporting U.S. ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White win gold over defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the L’Equipe source said.
Before he left for Sochi, U.S. dance judge Shawn Rettstatt said he would not conduct interviews about the event: International Skating Union rules prohibit judges from speaking to the media during events.
— Virtue and Moir (@virtueandmoir) February 7, 2014
The U.S Figure Skating Association on Saturday denied the allegations. “Comments made in a L’Equipe story are categorically false. There is no ‘help’ between countries,” Renee Felton, the association’s media relations manager, said.
This is not the first judging controversy to hit the Olympics.
In 2002, Canadian figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier placed second behind Russian pair Yelene Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, despite a stumble during the Russians` performance.
A French judge later admitted she planned to vote for the Russians regardless of how they performed.
Sale and Pelletier, who initially took home silver, were eventually awarded a second gold medal in the event.
The sport’s entire scoring system was overhauled on the heels of the scandal. The old 6.0 scoring system was replaced in 2004 to make the scoring more objective.
“We have lived through Sale and Pelletier, figure skating has a storied past with all that stuff,” Moir said.
“The wonderful thing about the Olympic Games is that we are athletes and we do our jobs and we don’t have to worry about all that.”
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Virtue, Moir insist they won’t let vote-swapping reports shake them in Sochi
SOCHI, Russia — Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir insist they won’t let the rumblings of a skating scandal — in a sport that has been rife with them — ruin their final Olympic appearance.
Twelve years after the judging scandal that rocked the Salt Lake Olympics, Canada’s Olympic ice dance champions found themselves in the midst of one at the Sochi Games on Saturday.
“I guess that’s part of being in a judged sport, there’s nothing you can do about that,” said a visibly upset Virtue.