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U.S. figure skating denies reports of conspiracy

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According to Reuters Media, the United States Figure Skating Association is denying reports that the United States and Russia have developed an agreement that would help the United States win gold in the ice dance and that Russia would win gold in the pairs competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

The initial reports were made by L'Equipe Magazine in France.

The allegations are interesting. At the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, France was at the center of one of the biggest conspiracies in Olympic history. French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne was suspended for misconduct after there were allegations of collusion that would help the French ice dancing pair Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat win gold and the Russian duo of Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze win gold in the pairs competition. The Canadian silver medalists in the pairs, Jamie Sale of Red Deer, Alberta and David Pelletier of Sayabec, Quebec were later upgraded to gold after it was clear they had the cleaner performance.

If the French allegations were true, it would help the American ice dance team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White at the expense of reigning Canadian Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario. However at this time, the Canadians are not favoured in the ice dance. Davis and White clearly outskated Virtue and Moir in the short program of the new team figure skating competition after Virtue made an error on her twizzle.

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