One was a Ukrainian named Yuri Balkov, who was suspended for a year when he was caught on tape trying to fix the 1998 Olympic ice dancing competition in Nagano.
(As an aside, if something like that gets you suspended for a year, what do you have to do to get two?)
Another judge is Alla Shekhovtseva, who is married to the general director of the Russian skating federation. You can’t even make that up. That’s not just fishy, folks. It’s the entire aquarium.
And this is the new-and-improved system, revamped after the infamous vote-trading scandal marred the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and made a French skating judge late-night monologue material for weeks. The IOC had to give two pairs teams gold medals after that.
The changes were supposed to make the scoring more objective and less susceptible to corruption. But the sport still reeks with conflicts of interest and national biases.
There is no way the judges weren’t influenced by the adoring crowd last night when Sotnikova skated. They might as well have used an applause meter to determine the outcome, and since the scores are anonymous, we’ll never have a real accounting of what happened.
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USA hockey is their "Pain Cave" right now.
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