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Gary T BS: Figure skate judging mess (53* d) Figure skate judging mess 14 Feb 02

Curious to know what anyone has read/heard about this. The latest thing I read was in today's (Thur.) morning paper.

The news article was confusing. It seemed to say that NBC heard the French judge admit to being pressured to cast her vote for the Russians, the French Association head said she was honest but was pressured, and the International Association head saying that she was accused of something but denied it. Of course said head (Ottavio Cinquanta) was also quoted as saying the results could not be changed and then retracting that statement. I'm not sure I find him very credible.

A columnist who rankled me yesterday by essentially asserting that the judging all came down to a matter of taste is now ackowledging that there's more to it than that, and is all but saying that there will be something done. Most likely this would be awarding a gold medal to the Canadian couple, while allowing the Russian couple to keep theirs. Strikes me as an unclean way to settle things.

I can't help but wonder, if it is decided that there was a judging error and the Canadians are awarded gold, would anyone even consider at least asking (not necessarily demanding) that the Russians accept the silver? While I'm sure that would not be what they'd prefer to do, they perhaps agree that it should have been that way in the first place, and might go along with it to effect a neater outcome. Any thoughts?

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