Skip to comments.Canadian Figure Skaters Get Gold, Russians Furious
Posted on 02/15/2002 11:42:28 AM PST by The_Victor
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"The council got enough evidence that this individual was responsible for misconduct. They (the skaters) were not judged equally."
Cinquanta said le Gougne had "practically admitted" she had been put under pressure during a meeting at which the American referee Ron Pfenning had been present. Earlier this week, Cinquanta said Pfenning had handed him a letter containing "certain allegations".
He added if a judge received pressure at any time the referee had to be informed.
"This did not happen in the case of Mrs. Le Gougne," Cinquanta said.
He said a council meeting on Monday would decide how long the suspension would last.
Pelletier and Sale told Canadian television after the announcement that justice had been done.
"Everyone knows what we deserve and we know what we deserve and we are taking that home with us and that's all that matters," Sale said.
"This is not about us and the Russians, this is about the sport we love dearly and justice was done, and that is a good feeling," said Pelletier.
"I hope it's not going to stop the cleaning of (figure skating's) house here," he added.
Sale said: "We just want the truth to come out and I think for the future of our sport this had to be fixed."
The Russian team reacted furiously to Friday's decision, describing it as a huge blow to the Olympic spirit.
Russian Olympic Committee official Rudolf Nezvegsky told Reuters: "By doing this, they just struck a huge blow, not only to the Olympic spirit of fair competition but also to the whole nature of sport.
"It went against any moral and ethical norms that exist in sport where athletes, not lawyers, compete against each other on the slopes and in the sports arenas and not in back rooms," Nezvegsky said.
"Mr Rogge, who has just become IOC president, probably does not understand what he has done for the sports movement for future Olympic Games (news - web sites)," Nezvegsky added.
Now...try to do that with the 3000 meter skate. The CLOCK says......something indisputable.
That's a good point, and the fact that I'm not an athlete doesn't really help my case. I withdraw my objection.
They will...but America first. Right click on our homepage and scroll to prophecies. A.A. Allen wrote specifically to this issue.
What's next, everybody gets the gold so nobody will get mad.
Those that do not do well in a contest because to tell the truth they were not good enough even for bronze need not worry the judges are for sale.
All you have to do is lodge a complaint and raise enough stink and you can go for the bronze, silver or gold and be assured you will be satiated.
The Olympic judging is in the same boat as anyother sport, all officials are for sale!!
Where's the "Agony of Defeat" if all compete and all are awarded, by special dispensation("pissin and moanin"), first place??
Furious ice skaters (in puffy shirts).
heheh. Raving smurfs.
And, who was it that applied that pressure? How come that person or persons has not been censured as well?
Where's the uproar? Both the briber and the bribee should be punished!
Sounds like you Europeans are used to corruption. Just another attempted bribe and strong-arming of a judge - business as usual. No wonder you Euros won medals in these "judging" sports.
The public and the media were the ones raising the stink, not the skaters themselves. The skateres, in fact, told reporters that they felt horribly about SkateGate overshadowing the performances of the other athletes.
As for the mens finals last night, I think the results were appropriate. But, I think Yagudin, barely squeeked by Plushenko.
It's just good to see that justice prevailed and that the Canadians will receive the gold that they deserved.
Yeah. We know.