Russian judges accused of unfair figure skating scores

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

South Korean figure skating favorite Yuna Kim didn’t take the gold after a legendary performance during the women’s skating long program, losing instead to Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova. Now, fans are questioning the fairness of the Russian judges, who some believe have been unfairly boosting scores for Russians. A few of the judges have questionable backgrounds, like one who was suspended for a year after giving pre-determined scores during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. You know, basically ignoring the performance and deciding ahead of time who’s going to get a boost. Another one is the wife of a major Russian figure skating federation leader, which doesn’t seem like a formula for unbiased judgment! Former US Olympic figure skating coach Audrey Weisiger said, “It’s sad that I just presumed Sotnikova was going to get a boost (in points) because this was in Russia. Isn’t it sad that I automatically thought that? Not one person in skating I’ve talked to said that’s the way it should have gone.”

Featured image courtesy of Sochi 2014.