- South Korea
To many of the unbiased spectators and media at Iceberg Skating Palace on Thursday, it seemed obvious that South Korean superstar Yuna Kim, winner of the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, had skated to a nearly flawless performance in the free skate, and after leading in Wednesday’s short program.
But when Kim’s final score (219.11) was read, the gold medal would go to Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova (224.59), leading to a cascade of roaring cheers from the large Russian contingent in the arena, which weren’t drowned out by sharp protests and jeers from others. While Sotnikova had a strong performance, Kim was excellent, almost flawless.
American Ashley Wanger, who finished a disappointing seventh, was critical of the judging.
"People don't want to watch a sport where you watch people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean," she said.
"It's confusing and we need to make it clear for people."
"People need to be held accountable. They need to get rid of anonymous judging. There are many changes that need to come to this sport if we want a fan base."
Acknowledgement of background info to article by Bobby Ilich: http://www.ibtimes.com/yuna-kim-sochi-scandal-south-korean-figure-skater-robbed-gold-russias-controversial-olympics-1557134
Pic: thanks to www.gospelherald.com
We, the undersigned, demand a review of the gold medal decision and a recount of the scores, or a complete overhaul of the scoring methodology and how judges are selected so that regional bias is removed and the sport is given more credibility.
We want justice for skating champion Yuna Kim and the other skaters who have been affected by the bad judging.
The Justice for Olympic Champion Yuna Kim, Robbed of Gold in Sochi petition to IOC was written by Stop gambling and is in the category Sports at GoPetition.