Women’s figure skating controversy erupts over Adelina Sotnikova’s victory

February 22 15:49 2014

Despite the International Olympic Committee doing its best to disregard any figure skating controversy in lure of the women’s long program in the Sochi Winter Olympics, the South Korean Olympic Committee is now protesting the results of the competition. After Russia’s Adelina Sotniova became the gold-medalist of the coveted women’s figure skating competition, upsetting previous gold medalist of South Korea, Yuna Kim, the Koreans believe the judging was unfair.

Much of the protest falls around the scores received and not received by Sotnivoa and Kim. Protesters of the gold medalist point to the lack of artistry in her long program however her scores did not represent this sentiment. Further her technical marks were much better than Kim received reported ESPN.

The International Skating Union requires protests to be filed immediately after the event and the IOC has said it has not received a letter confirming that it “is confident in the high quality and integrity of the ISU judging system.”

“They have their processes and regulations. From what I understand the letter wouldn’t trigger any investigation,” said IOC spokesman, Mark Adams, who declined to comment further bout the matter.

Russia previously dominated in other ice skating events throughout the Games after medaling in all events except the men’s program. In the team event, the Russians won their first gold of the games as previously reported.

Sotnikova finished with a top score of 224.59 combined with her short program. Silver medalist, Kim, fell behind with 219.11, and Carolina Kostner, received the bronze with 216.73.



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