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February 21st, 2014
09:10 PM ET

Did Russia Steal gold or are losers just whining?

Did Russia steal the gold?

That's the question many are asking after the results of Thursday night's ladies long program in figure skating.

Reigning champion Yuna Kim skated a flawless routine and yet she lost to 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova.

Gold for Russia, silver for South Korea's Yuna Kim, and controversy ensues

Sotnikova had a minor slip-up, but she also just happens to be from Russia.

It was an upset by a Russian in Russia and that has some people crying foul.

Especially because the sport has been marred by countless judging controversies.

But were the judges wrong?

Men's figure skating Olympic champion Brian Boitano and Olympic pairs Gold Medalist Jamie Sale are OutFront.

"It is very suspicious." Olympic pairs Gold Medalist Jamie Sale tells CNN's Erin Burnett. "We are all frustrated with this whole every time there's a scandal, there is Russians involved. You have two judges on the panel, and one is a judge that was suspended in 1998 for trying to fix the dance event, and one was the wife of the Russian Federation president. It just doesn't really make things look very good."

Burnett asked Boitano to weigh in on U.S. Skater Ashley Wagner's complaint that "people don't want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean."

"I think her scores at least for the free program were fair," Boitano said.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. beomki

    You know what? No one has been recognizing Sotnicova's a lot of jumps with wrong edges, which should be deducted in her technical components. Before the Olympics, deduction due to jumps with wrong edges was pretty strict for every skater. But, it is mysterious why judges didn't deduct the score of jumps with wrong edges. FYI, Yuna Kim is the only one female skater who jumps with correctly right edge, always.

    February 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  2. pj

    i find ashley wagner very unlikeable and obnoxious. she is not as good as she thinks she is. she should take some lessons from gracie gold on humility and sportsmanship. she was 4th in nationals and shouldn't have been at the olympics anyway. hope she isn't back in 2018.

    February 23, 2014 at 12:01 am | Reply
  3. James

    Well if you american call this cheating or foul play at hand then the American figure skating couple should not have won without the same foul play.

    February 22, 2014 at 2:07 am | Reply
  4. Uber Skater

    Absolutely stole it. The judging system is laughingstock. They gave terrible scores on SP for example. No GOE on 3f-3ltz, presentation and choreography were downgraded, and spin was downgraded to lvl3 while experts said it was clearly lvl4. These already worth easy 4~5 points and yuna didn't get any. Yuna's performance was flawless while Adelina already stumbled 2 jumps on SP and LP and got credit for both. LP, 7 out of 15 judges were only consisted of Russians and former Soviets.... and they were probably praying Yuna to fall so that medias won't say anything if they give bad scores when Yuna falls......but she handled like a true queen.
    Russians stole the gold and world knows it.

    February 22, 2014 at 12:30 am | Reply
  5. jeff holcomb

    Wagner wasn't complaining about her scores and said the top three all deserved to be on the podium, just not necessarily with the medals the judges awarded.

    February 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm | Reply

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