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Remembering the 2002 Olympic Figure Skating Scandal


Both the Canadians and Russian Were Awarded Olympic Gold Medals - 2002 Olympic Scandal

David Pelletier and Jamie Sale of Canada AND Anton Sikharulidze and Elena Berezhnaya of Russia Were Awarded Olympic Gold Medals Due to the 2002 Winter Olympic Pair Skating Scandal

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The Russian and Canadian Pair Skating 2002 Olympic Scandal:

At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Russians Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze were awarded the Gold Medal over Canadians Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. The Canadians skated perfectly in their long program, but the Russians made a mistake.

Deception Uncovered:

It was discovered shortly after that the French Skating Federation had "made a deal" with the Russians. The "deal" was to give the French the gold medal in ice dancing and the Russians the gold in pair skating.

Did the French Judge Do It?:

It was alleged that the French judge, Marie-Reine Le Gougne, had given the Russian pair higher marks due to pressure from the French Skating Federation. (Her score was the deciding factor on who would win the gold medal.)

Two Different Pairs Are 2002 Olympic Pair Skating Champions:

There are now two sets of 2002 Olympic pair skating champions. Russians Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze kept their gold medals, but the Canadian pair of Jamie Salé and David Pelletier were also awarded Olympic gold medals a few days after the controversy was made public.

New ISU Figure Skating Judging System:

The ISU Judging System is the new figure judging system which was implemented in 2004. The new kind of scoring replaced the old 6.0 figure skating judging system and was created in response to the 2002 Olympic figure skating scandal. The idea was to attempt to make figure skating competitions more objective and fair.

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