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Change.org Crashes After 1.5 Million People Sign Petition To Overturn Olympic Figure Skating Result
Business Insider ^ | 02/21/2014 | Tony Manfred

Posted on 02/21/2014 8:09:17 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Change.org, a website that hosts public petitions, crashed Friday morning after a flood of users signed a petition to investigate a controversial Olympic figure skating result. Russia's Adelina Sotnikova won the gold medal in an upset over South Korea's Yuna Kim.

After the event, a Change.org petition called "Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women's Figure Skating and Demand Rejudgement at the Sochi Olympics" was started by a user named "Justice Seeker."

It went viral in a way the website had never seen before.

"The petition gained 700,000-plus signatures in just six hours and is sending traffic to our site at five times the highest previously-recorded rate," a spokesperson told the AFP.

The petition is up to 1.5 million signatures as of 6:30 a.m. eastern on Friday. The spokesperson told AFP that 90% of the traffic was from South Korea — where Kim is the country's most famous athlete.

Sotnikova had a more difficult routine and she nailed every jump, which gave her a better technical score than Kim by about five points.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: 2014olympics; changeorg; figureskating; olympics; sochi; sochiolympics

1 posted on 02/21/2014 8:09:17 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The following TWEETS can be seen if you have a Twitter account and are following them:

Katarina Witt (Former German Olympic Gold Medalist) “Shame Gold Medal, Yuna Kim is a real queen”

ESPN Official Website News Article titled “Home Cooking”, “Home-Ice Advantage”

Terra Findlay (Canadian ice dancer) “I’m speechless. Yuna Kim, you are a queen”


2 posted on 02/21/2014 8:12:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It amazes me that anyone bothers to sign petitions on that joke website. Now, people who aren’t even from the U.S. are signing petitions for us to investigate things that aren’t in under U.S. jurisdiction? What did they think that would accomplish?


3 posted on 02/21/2014 8:13:48 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind
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4 posted on 02/21/2014 8:18:13 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

C’mon.....they only got “home towned.”

It happens.


5 posted on 02/21/2014 8:19:51 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: cripplecreek

That is so true—I don’t really trust any of those judged sports.


6 posted on 02/21/2014 8:20:22 AM PST by proud American in Canada (R.I.P., James Helmuth, my nephew who passed away at ten years old, from cancer, on March 23.)
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To: Boogieman

Are you confusing change.org with petitions.whitehouse.gov?


7 posted on 02/21/2014 8:20:38 AM PST by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: SeekAndFind

the russian had a better program than the south korean. my frau was commenting on the commentators last night talking about the south korean performance and couldn’t understand some of the praise. both of us thought the russian did better.


8 posted on 02/21/2014 8:21:35 AM PST by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: cripplecreek

I thought the Italian had the best routine. And the biggest teeth.


9 posted on 02/21/2014 8:22:37 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: SeekAndFind

What is really ridiculous is that after the French judge was caught making deals with other judges in Vancouver, the IOC changed the rules....and made the judges’ marks anonymous, thus making it impossible to catch the cheaters! So who knows how high the Russian judge marked the hometown girl yesterday, who was mechanically correct, with the emphasis on mechanical.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 8:26:01 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: FReepers

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11 posted on 02/21/2014 8:26:45 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SeekAndFind
They learn from the best.....

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12 posted on 02/21/2014 8:34:01 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I spose that’s what happened to healthcare.org too ;-)


13 posted on 02/21/2014 8:34:42 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Katarina Witt (Former German Olympic Gold Medalist) “Shame Gold Medal, Yuna Kim is a real queen”"

Katarina Witt, any excuse:


14 posted on 02/21/2014 8:40:18 AM PST by PLMerite
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To: PLMerite

Katarina is all that and a slice of cheese


15 posted on 02/21/2014 8:42:38 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Agreed


16 posted on 02/21/2014 8:44:35 AM PST by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Meryl Davis and Charlie White left no doubt about their win. First ever gold for the USA in their category with a record score.

Life imitates art. White started out with dreams of playing hockey with the Red Wings. His coach told him to take up ice dancing to improve his skating skills.


17 posted on 02/21/2014 8:56:08 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here is a clue. Skating judging is subjective and basically an opinion of a judge. Plus, you don’t get a vote. Its not a democracy.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 9:13:26 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: bravo whiskey

During the Russian skaters routine, my daughter kept on saying “that’s cool”, “she’s good”, etc. She liked Caolina Kostner’s Bolero program. She also liked Mao Asafo’s program. She thought Yuna’s was good, but uninspired.

I agree with my daughter.


19 posted on 02/21/2014 9:17:24 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

And an avowed lesbian. So look but don’t touch.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 9:19:13 AM PST by redangus
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To: SeekAndFind

Mrs. redangus and I both thought it was close, but that the Russian girl was better. We also both agreed that based on her routine and the home ice advantage she would be hard to beat. We thought the Italian girl should have gotten the silver. Bottom line, much like a dog show, the skater seen as the best coming in seldom loses regardless of the quality of their performance, which makes the results somewhat surprising.


21 posted on 02/21/2014 9:23:56 AM PST by redangus
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To: luckystarmom

Yuna played it very safe. The Russian skater’s performance was far more athletic and much, much more difficult.

I didn’t think it should have been even close based on the long program and the very close margin after the short program.

Yuna’s actual performance did not match her reputation. Sure, she was elegant, but the Russian skater was also very elegant while skating a far more difficult routine; and she was appropriately rewarded for it.


22 posted on 02/21/2014 9:25:08 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeekAndFind

do they really expect someone, Obama?, would try to change the outcome?

lol

Why do people spend so much time and energy on trivial things while ignoring the important things?

and yes, I wanted Kim Yu-Na to win too. lol


23 posted on 02/21/2014 9:26:32 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeaHawkFan

You would also hope if Yuna is so good, then why not push the sport in some way.

I do know that you can’t tell everything on TV. You can actually hear a difference in skatng. The good ones are quieter.


24 posted on 02/21/2014 9:38:05 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: cripplecreek

I am sure Kim had been a recipient of unfair judgments in her favor in the past. So, all in all, it is fair, if you will.


25 posted on 02/21/2014 9:46:09 AM PST by Henderson
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To: redangus
"...don’t touch..."

Why not? (ducks)

26 posted on 02/21/2014 9:55:04 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: SeekAndFind
How about over turning the 1985 World Series...curse you Don Denkinger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
27 posted on 02/21/2014 10:14:57 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: SeekAndFind

"Get a Life!"

28 posted on 02/21/2014 10:16:48 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
I have as much faith in the integrity of Olympic ice skating judges as I do in a prize fight promoted by Don King, a Haitian election, or when 0bama say “let me be clear”.

On second thought, I have more faith in Olympic judges than 0bama.

29 posted on 02/21/2014 10:20:38 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: All

How many people watched the skating worldwide? 150 million? I don’t know for sure but that would make one million on a petition a vanishingly small minority.


30 posted on 02/21/2014 10:30:26 AM PST by Holdem Or Foldem (Life isn't fair, so wear a cup.)
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To: redangus

Bottom line, much like a dog show, the skater seen as the best coming in seldom loses regardless of the quality of their performance, which makes the results somewhat surprising.


In ice dancing only 2 couples had any chance at the gold. Everybody else was skating for bronze. Weird sport.


31 posted on 02/21/2014 10:36:50 AM PST by lodi90
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To: dfwgator
Funny thing...

I was recently at a Comicon where Billy Mumy said that to the crowd attending the featured panel discussion. I told him the next day that he was the last person I expected to go "Shatner" at a sci-fi convention. He just laughed and acknowledged the SNL reference.

-PJ

32 posted on 02/21/2014 10:39:54 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: redangus

I think you may have confused her with someone else. There’s nothing on the net regarding her going lesbian; and if she joined that team I can’t picture them NOT shouting it from the mountain tops. That’s a woman one wants to be interested in you....


33 posted on 02/21/2014 10:47:36 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa; redangus
Katarina's never been married and has rarely been tied to any male love interest, although she did date Wladimir Klitschko and Richard Dean Anderson.

Her sexual preference has been a topic since the 1980s.

In Katarina's autobiography, Only With Passion, she clearly expresses a passion for males.

34 posted on 02/21/2014 11:25:25 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Scoutmaster

this clearly requires in-depth investigation


35 posted on 02/21/2014 11:36:06 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Heard it back a few years ago. I do know she is 48, never married has very close female business partner that she does a lot with, and has had a few very short male relationships. So who knows?


36 posted on 02/21/2014 12:00:02 PM PST by redangus
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
I'd volunteer, but I'm happily married.

Even if I weren't, I'm partial to red hair and freckles so I'd let someone else take the job.

37 posted on 02/21/2014 12:01:48 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: redangus

True ‘nuf.


38 posted on 02/21/2014 1:14:06 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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