J’accuse: French paper alleges fix is in for Olympic ice-dancing medals

J’accuse: French paper alleges fix is in for Olympic ice-dancing medals

[Ed. – Didn’t we go through this before?]

A French newspaper has accused officials from the United States and Russia of colluding to fix the ice dancing competition at the Sochi Games to squeeze out the Canadians. The deal allegedly would involve a U.S. ice dancing pair winning the gold and the Russians sweeping both paris and team events.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

The French newspaper L’Equipe, quoting an anonymous Russian coach, said the United States and Russia have struck a deal that would help Davis and White win the ice dance gold and Russia win both pairs and the team event.

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U.S. and Russian skaters have “been in close competition with Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir for five seasons. Virtue and Moir are reigning Olympic champions, Davis and White reigning world champions.”

U.S. Figure Skating “categorically” denied the rumors and the International Skating Union said they would not comment on allegations without evidence.

“Comments made in a L’Equipe story are categorically false,” U.S. Figure Skating said in a statement.  “There is no ‘help’ between countries. We have no further response to rumors, anonymous sources or conjecture.”

On Saturday, “Davis and White scored 75.98 to 72.98 for Virtue and Moir. The Canadians were penalized because Virtue made a significant mistake on one element, a form of pirouette known as a twizzle.”

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