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.
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: