ALSO ON SLAM!
Sunday, April 5, 1998
Dance marks prompt tirade
Appalled and shocked with the scoring Friday in the free-dance program at the world championships, Dore called for an immediate investigation into the ice-dance judging.
Dore could not believe that the Canadian team of Shae-Lynne Bourne and Victor Kraatz were scored third after performing, at an elevated level, their hugely popular Riverdance routine Friday at the Minneapolis Target Centre.
A season of watching his dance team get shafted, the normally reserved Dore blew his cool yesterday prior to the women's free skate.
"It's an outrageous abuse of power by a group of judges who seized the ... moment to do something that was very wrong for the sport," said Dore, his voice cracking with emotion. "I think's it's a sin."
Following the Canadian team's free dance, the crowd exploded in a chorus of boos when it became clear that the Russian team of Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsyannikov, who skated a rather uninspiring free dance, and the French duo of Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat, would finish 1-2.
And when International Skating Union president Ottavio Cinquanta arrived on the ice to present the medals, he also was booed and jeered, as was the referee, Ann Shaw of Canada.
Dore, still seething 24 hours later, acknowledged that he purposely kept quiet during and after the Nagano Games, in order not to hurt his team's chances at the worlds. Now, he said, it's time for the ISU to move forward with plans to fix (in the proper sense) the judging. It's too late this year for Bourne and Kraatz, who entered the season hoping for gold here and in Nagano, but were placed in fourth and third at the respective events.
"They've been nothing but hammered this year," said Dore, who thought his team won on Friday. "The OD (original dance) was wrong in October, it was fixed. The OD was wrong in November, it was fixed. The OD was wrong in December, it was fixed. It was changed again in January and then it was wrong again (in the judges' eyes)."
Much to Dore's delight and amazement, Bourne and Kraatz have decided to remain amateur a while longer.
"I would have thrown in the towel," he said