Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport has reported that Adelina Sotnikova – who was just 17 when she won in Sochi – is among others under investigation. Her name is among the 28 Russian mentions in the McLaren report before xmast 2016.
She is named on the list under the identification code A0848 as one athlete about whom scratches indicative of tampering were found on test tubes in which urine samples were submitted.
Since the minute Adelina Sotnikova won her Olympic figure skating gold medal 20.February 2014, a growing chorus of people, including skating legends like Kurt Browning and Katarina Witt, have questioned Sotnikova’s scores and alleged that her historic win was due to Russian rigging. What isn’t going to help Sotnikova’s gold-medal legacy are the new images of her hugging one of the people responsible for her score, an analysis at how her fellow Russian Julia Lipnitskaya was generously scored, and the questions about whether mistakes on her jumps were overlooked.
Why people thought Sotnikova’s win was fixed:
- she made a visible mistake where the other two gold-medal contenders did not;
- a judge married to the director of the Russian Figure Skating Federation was in charge of scoring her program;
- and the Olympics had been very generous to other Russian skaters.
More than 2 million people signed an unofficial online petition for the International Skating Union to investigate the results.
The nine-person jugdepanel for the Olympic women’s long program included judges from four former Soviet bloc nations – Russia, Ukraine, Estonia and Slovakia – as well as France, which conspired with Russia for the Salt Lake City pairs judging scandal in 2002.
The other countries represented on the panel were Germany, Canada, Italy and Japan. Judges from the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and South Korea judged the short program but not the long.
The Ukrainian judge, Yuri Balkov, was suspended for one year when he was tape-recorded trying to fix the ice dancing competition at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. The Russian judge, Alla Shekhovtseva, is married to the powerful general director of the Russian figure skating federation, Valentin Piseev.
There’s also a technical panel of three, that makes all the crucial decisions about the difficulty levels of a skater’s spins and whether jumps are under-rotated or downgraded, among other things, all of which lead to points a skater earns or doesn’t. That panel was led by Alexander Lakernik, who also happens to be vice president of the Russian skating federation.
IOC said at the time: There’s no figure skating judging controversy
Another member of the technical panel, Finland’s Olga Baranova, was seen hugging members of Russia’s skating delegation beside the ice immediately after the skaters’ flower ceremony.
The scores of the individual judges on the nine-member panel will never be known. According to the International Skating Union, the marks are never revealed, and the only oversight of the judges will be to see if any were out of a so-called “corridor,” or the range of the other judges on various marks.
But that in itself would prove nothing about possible collusion. Unlike the pairs scandal in Salt Lake City, when the judges and their nations were identified with their marks, thus making it possible to identify the cheating French judge, the judges’ scores now are secret and are totaled together to create one score for a skater’s elements and another for her program components.
So a cheating judge, or two or three, can hide within this system and never be exposed. Is this how IOC want the Olympics to be? They did something with it in boxing f.ex. even if they have not succeded 100% there yet.
But now it seems that the right winner will get her gold medal after all in womens figure skating at Sorchi Olympics 2014; South Korea’s Kim Yuna (picture under):
Adelina Sotnikova could never have beaten South Korea’s Kim Yuna and Italy’s Carolina Kostner, if it was a fair competition the experts ment after the competition in Sorchi.