Does Russia, U.S. have Vote Swap deal to keep Canadian Skaters from Olympic Gold?

Is the  Sochi 2014 fix is in Olympic figure skating events?

L’Equipe, the French sports magazine, quoted on Friday an anonymous senior Russian coach who says Russia and the United States have set up a “proposed barter” to help each other at the Sochi Olympic figure skating events.

Tessa_Virtue_Scott_MoirBecause they are not in direct competition with each other in these events, the United States would help Russia win the team gold event, while Russia would reciprocate by supporting U.S. ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White win gold over defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the L’Equipe source said.

Before he left for Sochi, U.S. dance judge Shawn Rettstatt said he would not conduct interviews about the event: International Skating Union rules prohibit judges from speaking to the media during events.

The U.S Figure Skating Association on Saturday denied the allegations. “Comments made in a L’Equipe story are categorically false. There is no ‘help’ between countries,” Renee Felton, the association’s media relations manager, said.

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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.”


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Virtue, Moir insist they won’t let vote-swapping reports shake them in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia — Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir insist they won’t let the rumblings of a skating scandal — in a sport that has been rife with them — ruin their final Olympic appearance.

Twelve years after the judging scandal that rocked the Salt Lake Olympics, Canada’s Olympic ice dance champions found themselves in the midst of one at the Sochi Games on Saturday.

“I guess that’s part of being in a judged sport, there’s nothing you can do about that,” said a visibly upset Virtue.

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  1. This “person” masquerading as a Judge and skating club VP, has taken it upon himself to decide the fate of perhaps the most talented ice dancers this “sport” (of which he cares little) has ever had the good fortune to experience. The sublimely gifted Virtue and Moir have been defrauded of numerous titles, namely, Worlds 2013, Grand Prix Final ’13, and Olympic gold. It is at the hands of this corrupt individual who believed he had the right to squander the God given talents of these two for his own gain – that is nothing short of a sin. In their stead he has awarded these titles to the American team of Davis and White. Incidentally, I have one thing to say to this sociopath, and that is Karma is a consequ
    ence of cause and effect, and just because a soulless excuse such as yourself doesn’t believe in it, doesn’t make it any less real. See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya.