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Friday, February 21, 2014

Not a sport, redux

Jordan presaged it, although for different reasons: Judging in women's figure skating is once again a thing, as people question the scoring that gave a Russian skater a surprisingly easy Gold Medal on Thursday. The issue here is less about reputation than about good, old-fashioned home cooking. And a judge who was suspended previously for trying to fix a competition previously. And we may be back to concerns about anonymous judging--established to avoid collusion and bloc-voting, it also removes accountability.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on February 21, 2014 at 12:13 AM in Howard Wasserman, Sports | Permalink

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Seems like you don't understand what happened. Stuck in an old story.

There are rules. They evolved. The winner did the best under the rules. She aimed higher, had a harder routine.

This tale, about corruption? Feels-good-to-feel-bad credulity.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/02/yuna-kim-figure-skating-sochi-olympics-controversy/

Posted by: Joe | Feb 22, 2014 11:55:46 AM

I'm not sure that's true. Everyone understands the rules, the dispute is over whether the judges applied them correctly. Which seems to be the very point of the story you linked to.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Feb 22, 2014 1:52:52 PM

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