Outraged figure skating fans petitioning Olympic Games

A screen shot shows an Olympic figure skating petition at change.org.

A screen shot shows an Olympic figure skating petition at change.org.

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, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

Figure skating fans are upset about the judging at the Sochi Olympics.

Didn't see that one coming.

What seems like the rite of every high-profile competition -- declarations of "scandal" amid the scores -- played out Thursday in Sochi, when the ladies' figure skating gold went to Russia's Adelina Sotnikova.

The silver went to Korean star Yuna Kim, the defending Olympic champion.

And . . . cue the outrage.

But unlike most woe-are-we fan uprisings, this one grew into a near-revolt overnight: more than one million names added within hours to a change.org petition demanding an investigation into the judging that crowned Sotnikova over Kim.

It quotes skating legend Katarina Witt as calling it a "shame gold medal" and adding "Yuna Kim is real queen."

An NBC announcer said Sotnikova was "excellent" in the free skate, though he added: "But Yuna Kim was robbed."

Is this a case of home-ice advantage? Where a Russian skater was favoured in an Olympics hosted in her home nation?

At least one million skating fans are asking that very question.

 


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