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More on the women's controversy

It’s unfortunate that the story about the women’s event wasn’t just about Adelina Sotnikova barrelling out of nowhere to prove a point: that she counted, that she should be noticed, that the Russian federation had taken her too lightly by not having her skate in the team event, with all the hype surrounding the 15-year-old […]

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Yet more rot in the state of Sochi

In the moments following the stunning win of Adelina Sotnikova in the Olympic women’s event in Sochi, television cameras showed the young skater being embraced enthusiastically by a woman wearing a ponytail. That woman was Alla Shekhovtseva, who happened to be the Russian judge on the panel that had just finished judging her. Not only […]

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Something rotten in the state of Sochi

I should have written this long ago, but words fail me. I feel like I have gone back to that dark time when Susanna Rahkamo and Petri Kokko skated like the ice was their friend, like there was nothing they could not do with the blade. Yet they never won a world championship. They were […]

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Men's Final-By the Numbers

The men’s long program at the Sochi Olympics was a bird’s nest of flawed skates. The old judging system would have had a major spasm over it. Judges who had to work under it in the past have told me that it’s doubly difficult to determine placings if a lot of skaters make mistakes. The […]

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By The Numbers

Men’s short program Yuzuru Hanyu’s old world record: 99.84 Hanyu’s new world record: 101.45 Difference between the two: 1.61 points Patrick Chan has 3.93 points to make up on Hanyu. Hanyu’s mark for his triple Axel: 11.49 Chan’s mark for his flawed triple Axel: 7.50 Difference between the two: 3.99 Javier Fernandez 14.47 points behind […]

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