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Figure skating protest: South Korea Olympic Committee claims biased judging cost Yuna Kim

Medal Ceremony - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The South Korean Olympic Committee has protested the results of the women's figure skating competition, although the sport's international governing body said Saturday it has not yet received the letter.

International Skating Union rules always have required such protests be filed immediately after the event.

The Koreans believe the judging was biased and cost Yuna Kim a second gold medal. The 2010 champion finished with silver, behind Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova.
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Much of the uproar over the women's free skate centers on what many perceived as a lack of artistry in Sotnikova's program. Yet her marks were comparable or better than those for the highly artistic Kim. Her technical marks were significantly better.

Bronze medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy also fell into the same category as Kim in her marks.

Asked to comment on South Korean media reports of the protest, International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams on Saturday said any figure skating issues would be a matter for the ISU to handle.

"They have their processes and regulations," Adams said. "From what I understand the letter wouldn't trigger any investigation."

On Friday, the ISU released a statement saying it "is confident in the high quality and integrity of the ISU judging system."The ISU said it had not received the letter, and declined to comment further.

"The ISU is strongly committed to conducting performance evaluations strictly and fairly and has adequate procedures in place to ensure the proper running of the sporting competitions," the statement said. "The officiating judges were selected by random drawing from a pool of 13 potential judges. All judges in an event represent different ISU member federations. The ladies' free skating panel included judges from Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine."

Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic champion and a longtime television analyst who worked the games in Sochi for NBC, sees an intrinsic flaw in that setup. He believes the judges should be insulated from the day-to-day management of the sport, not a part of the federations that run it.

"The problem was never the scoring system," Hamilton said of the 6.0 format that was changed to the points system soon after the 2002 Games pairs scandal. "It was how the judges are selected for these competitions. What happened in Salt Lake City resulted in this scoring system not treating the issue. Every sport out there has an affiliated association of officials. They are separate from the federation, and figure skating is hesitant to do that. It is a fundamental issue that leads to people having a hard time taking the results as the results."

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tom9230 February 23 2014 at 11:17 AM

It's too bad that th Russian hockey team could not be judged on "artistic" merit. They have only the harsh brutality of the final score. But what the hey, does it really matter?

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Barbara February 23 2014 at 11:04 AM

In my opinion if a judge has a contestent in an a event they should not be allowed to judge that event.

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Ruby February 23 2014 at 9:51 AM

At least the Italian seemed very excited for her Bronze. Very nice to see someone so happy to get 3rd place for her country and I think her fellow Italians were just as excited. Now to my untrained eye I felt the South Korean was more "fluid" in her skating but that the Russian had more "power" in hers, so for me it equals out. With that said, I would give them both Gold and then bring the Italian up to the Silver then 4th place gets the Bronze.

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damsel16 February 23 2014 at 9:46 AM

That Russian girl deserved it. She skated her heart out. Korea needs to be a good sport about it. It's a subjective sport. Everyone is going to see it a bit differently. That's the way it goes.

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bike61r February 23 2014 at 9:45 AM

I am for the Russian girl, she won, end of story.

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rcpaf83 February 23 2014 at 10:23 AM

BS !!! The Russian girl stumbled coming out of a turn !! The Korean girl was perfect !!!! Very BIASED scoring... But now that is typical of Russian judges, isn't it ???? Have you wondered why they don't show us individual judges scores anymore like they use too ???? It's because the Russians are always biased toward their own athletes... Let's see each judges score for this performance....

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Good Day Joey!!! February 23 2014 at 9:35 AM


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redsmy February 23 2014 at 9:11 AM

This has been an issue from a long tine ago. Do away with the "sport" from the Olympics altogether.

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JOE February 23 2014 at 9:07 AM

how can you have a Russian Judge who is married to the head of the Russian Figure Skating Ass., in the Olympics, come on man

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jsinvent February 23 2014 at 9:04 AM

The one thing that is consistent about Socialist and Communist they are consistent liars.

They sold their soul to the State.

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ricjone59 February 23 2014 at 8:59 AM

Been watching competitive figure skating for close to 50 years. It has never been consistent and needs to be fixed. This Olympics was a joke on who won and why. Home town judging for sure. Three or four others could hav ebeen on podium and were not and winner shoukld not hav ebeen up there at all.

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