Olympic figure skating scoring system has been blasted by public opinion after Adelina Sotnikova’s upset over Yuna Kim for the Olympic gold medal on Thursday. Fans are talking about the issue of the scores after questionable judges, American skater Ashley Wagner is questioning the scores and social media wants the truth too. The International Skating Union issued a statement denying any issues have come from the Sochi Olympics. Apparently no “official” protest has been made in the ladies’ free skating event. According to NBC Sports on Friday, the statement was released to clarify the ISU position.
The ISU has not received any official protest with regard to the Ladies’ Free Skating event or any other event held during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and is confident in the high quality and integrity of the ISU judging system.
The statement was well crafted and avoided naming any particular individuals in the competition. It also avoided discussing the current petition where over 1.7 million people have asked the figure skating scores to be reviewed.
What has so many people questioning the Olympic figure skating program? Adeline Sotnikova earned a free skate score that was almost six points higher than that of Yuna Kim. However Kim’s program has been critiqued by outside figure skating judges who have implied her performance was better. The final scores had Sotnikova to become the first Russian to win the ladies’ gold in front of a home crowd.
Was the Olympic figure skating score fair for Yuna Kim? That question might never be answered.