The Controversy of Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics
Robbed of Gold?
But this is not the only evidence that lead people to believe that Russia's judging was unfair. Looking at the results of the free skate, there may have been other skilled skaters that were bumped down to make room for a Russian champion. Fifth place was awarded to Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya, a questionable decision. Her uneven performance in which she took a tumble was certainly outdone by America's Ashley Wagner. However, the judges seemed to be unfairly exaggerating Lipnitskaya's performance when they gave her a final score of 135.34, well above Wagner's 127.99. This combined with Sotnikova's also inflated score gave way to many global viewers siding against Russia, with roughly 1.6 million petitions having been signed for an “Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women's Figure Skating and Demand Rejudgement at the Sochi Olympics.” Will this be enough to convince Russia to behave properly at the next Olympics? Even if not, there are many much more important problems that the Olympics cause, such as environmental issues, that need to be delt with first.
Yuna Kim at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
Adelina Sotnikova winning gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Sotnikova (right) celebrates her first place, though Kim (left) seems unbothered.