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Alleged Olympic vote-swapping deal would keep Canada from gold
Quote:French magazine L'Equipe alleges the U.S. and Russia have struck a deal to help each other out at Sochi Winter Olympic figure skating events, which would keep Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir from the gold.

The magazine quotes a Russian coach, who spoke to the magazine on the condition of anonymity about the "proposed barter" between the two countries.

According to the magazine, the anonymous official said the U.S. has agreed to help Russia win the pairs figure skating and team events.

In exchange, Russia would purportedly ensure Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. win gold over Canadian champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

But Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada's high performance director, says he's confident the judging will be fair.

"I stay clear of that stuff," he said. "I have full confidence that [when] the skaters go out and do their job, they will do their job on the ice, [and] the judges will judge it as they see it."

The International Skating Union refused to comment directly to the accusations, saying they would only take action if there was proof of misconduct.

"The ISU does not react to allegations without evidence," the organization said in a released statement. "Based on credible and verifiable evidence the ISU has always pursued cases of misconduct or other violations of the ISU statutes."

Davis, a two-time world champion with White, wasn't concerned with the allegations when asked after the U.S., couple finished first in the short program — ahead of Virtue and Moir — of the ice dance team event on Saturday.

"We haven't heard anything about it," she said. "We are confident that what we are putting out onto the ice speaks for itself."

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."

With files from Reuters

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(2014 Feb 08 21:40)Aemma Wrote:  And here they are, left to right, Gold to Silver:

The left girl also looks a lot hotter than the right one. Truly golden. Big Grin

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Everyone gay but Tonya Harding!

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A working class queen of the trailer parks who could throw a punch!

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(2014 Feb 08 12:30)Temnozor Wrote:  I've watched the opening ceremony yesterday. It sucked in comparison to what the Chinese have kicked off in 2008, I only enjoyed the Russian alphabet video, which was quite cool and classy. Everything else was way too bloated with reconciliation gestures towards soulless American imperialist bastards and the eternal enemies of our motherland our Western friends - tatu performing, showcasing of Western influenced subcultures in the USSR as part of our national heritage etc.

I also lol'd at the ring failure. Putin looked pretty pissed too - and rightful so.

Well to be honest I haven't seen all three hours of it all (yet) but I think that this is fast becoming my favourite part! Seriously! Most of them I wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley; they look so intimidating. But I swear these dudes really know how to groove!





And to hell with some saying they looked awkward. Admittedly the odd one looked like deer in headlights but most seemed to take it all in stride and be having a good time. Isn't that what it's all about?

As for the ring failure, well "s*it happens" as they say. It takes nothing away from the event as far as I'm concerned.

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(2014 Feb 09 03:15)Aemma Wrote:  As for the ring failure, well "s*it happens" as they say. It takes nothing away from the event as far as I'm concerned.

That's what you get for not hiring the Lord of the Rings.

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One of my favourite events to watch: Men's Ski Jump

Amazing performances, especially by Poland's Gold medallist Kamil Stoch:





I wish I could fly through the air like that.

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Hmm the second instance of Canadian content from my Slavic friends here. I'm beginning to get suspicious.... Are you a closet Belieber as well, WR? ;) Big Grin

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(2014 Feb 10 23:23)Aemma Wrote:  Hmm the second instance of Canadian content from my Slavic friends here. I'm beginning to get suspicious.... Are you a closet Belieber as well, WR? ;) Big Grin

Actually for some weird reason the Canadian content popped up among the related videos when I watched Daily NK presents: 'Lifting the Fog'. LOL

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I'm looking forward to seeing Britain's Shelley Rudman and Lizzie Yarnold fly at 80mph on a baking tray.

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