Feb 21, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; (Left to right) Carolina Kostner of Italy, Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, and Yuna Kim of Korea pose during the medal ceremony for Figure Skating Ladies

South Korean Olympic Committee to file complaint over Sochi judges


Feb 21, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; (Left to right) Carolina Kostner of Italy, Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, and Yuna Kim of Korea pose during the medal ceremony for Figure Skating Ladies’ single skate during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at the Medals Plaza. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA Today Sports

Ah, just when you thought all the controversies from Sochi were over…

According to the Korea Times, the South Korea Olympic Committee (KOC) will file an official complaint to the International Skating Union (ISU) over the silver medal won by Yuna Kim at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

As you may recall, the gold medal was won by Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova despite the 17-year-old making an obvious error during her winning program. The surprising result angered Kim’s fans, who felt the 2010 Olympic champion was the victim of biased scoring. Considering the the judging panel, it’s easy to understand the complaint:

At Sochi, the panel for the free skate event included Alla Shekhovtseva of Russia, who is married to the head of the Russian figure skating body, Valentin Pissev. Another member, Yuri Balkov of Ukraine, had once been suspended from judging for a year after trying to fix the ice dancing competition at the 1998 Nagano Games.

The technical panel, which assesses skaters’ technical elements, was headed by Alexander Lakernik, vice president of the Russian skating federation.

We’ll keep you updated when more information about the complaint is made available. In the meantime, why don’t you remind yourself about how the International Olympic Committee attributed false quotations to Kim.

[Source: Korea Times]

 

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