Here we go - Russian Protest of Ladies Results!
Posted 22 February 2002 - 01:40 PM
Russians Challenge Skating Results
By Larry Siddons
AP Sports Writer
Friday, February 22, 2002; 10:19 AM
SALT LAKE CITY –– Russian officials have filed a formal protest of the women's figure skating finale, saying the Russian
silver medalist should get her own gold medal because of biased judging.
The protest was signed by Russian Figure Skating Federation president Valentin Piseyev and sent to the referee of
Thursday night's free skate won by 16-year-old American Sarah Hughes.
It singled out the judging that gave Hughes the win after she placed fourth in the earlier short program. Russian Irina
Slutskaya finished in second and Michelle Kwan took the bronze.
"We filed the protest last night because we think the judging was biased," the head of the Russian delegation in Salt
Lake City, Viktor Mamatov, told The Associated Press on Friday. "Canadian pairs skaters were awarded their gold
medals. Now that subjective judging harmed us, we want the same for Slutskaya."
Posted 22 February 2002 - 02:08 PM
Russians File Olympics Protest, Crisis
Fri Feb 22, 1:41 PM ET
By Adrian Warner
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin
attacked the IOC and the country filed another Winter Olympics protest
as the worst political crisis to hit the Olympic movement since the Cold
War deepened Friday.
The Russians, who have threatened to pull out
of the Salt Lake Games saying they are victims
of bad and biased officiating, launched an
appeal against the judging in Thursday's
women's figure skating.
They demanded a gold medal for second-placed
skater Irina Slutskaya.
International Olympic Committee (IOC)
president Jacques Rogge, who was due to hold
another meeting with Russian Olympic chiefs Friday, had been hoping that
the Russians would calm down after some emotional outbursts Thursday.
But, speaking to reporters in the Kremlin, Putin said he agreed with
complaints by Russian sports officials and politicians about the officiating
and took a swipe at Rogge who was only elected to office last July in
"I fully agree and share this viewpoint. Not the last reason is the change
of generations in the International Olympic Committee," Putin said.
"(Former president) Juan Antonio Samaranch has gone and Jacques
Rogge has taken his place. Regrettably for the new leadership, the first
time is bound to be a flop."
Russian spokesman Rudolf Nezvegsky told Reuters his team felt
Slutskaya skated as well, if not better, than American gold medallist Sarah
Hughes in the free program.
Posted 22 February 2002 - 02:57 PM
Posted 22 February 2002 - 03:02 PM
Posted 22 February 2002 - 03:13 PM
Hey, there's always the Goodwill Games . . .
Posted 22 February 2002 - 03:26 PM
Back to today's protest. And couldn't we all have guessed that Vladimir "BIG Z" Zhirinovsky would also get into the act? He just gave a 'thundering' anti-Olympics speech in the Russian Duma this afternoon. Excerpt from ITAR-TASS Russian news agency:
The controversy was enough to make Russian nationalist bad boy and leading
parliamentarian, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, put aside his pro-American
change-of-heart and reverted to Uncle Sam-bashing.
"The team must be recalled immediately, this evening," said Zhirinovsky,
sounding much more like his old self by berating the U.S. hosts of the Winter
"We should spit in their faces - the referees and those hosting the Games. We
have never seen such a foul Olympics. This is merely a settling of accounts by
criminal sports structures," he thundered in a table-thumping speech to
All of this comes just-in-time for tonight's Russia-vs-USA ice hockey semifinal game...on the 22nd anniversary of the 'Miracle on Ice' game (Lake Placid 1980). Maybe the Russians, by lodging this protest, are also playing into the hands of the Western Media, who love to tout such controversies to gain TV viewers? How ironic. The Russian protest will be a hot topic on tonight's telecast. Hope that NBC finds time to show at least a few routines in the Skating Exhibition of Champions, also tonight.
[ February 22, 2002: Message edited by: Jeannie ]
Posted 22 February 2002 - 06:21 PM
These protests make me feel both annoyed and sad at the same time!
Apparently there is some feeling that this latest move from the Russians is a face saving one...as they are no longer the mightiest in the winter games.
[ February 22, 2002: Message edited by: BW ]
Posted 22 February 2002 - 06:45 PM
I don't know the procedures in the other cases they've cited involving their athletes. But they certainly ARE embarrassed by the relative dearth of medals awarded their way so this may be a good deflection. I expected more professionalism from them as a delegation however. All through those years of Soviet bloc voting, the USA never went through the tantrums now exhibited by the Russians. It's one thing to lodge a protest; it's quite another to take potshots at the new IOC president. One imagines the Russian delegation must be taking orders from above.
Maya Plisetskaya would probably have lots to say about who's calling the shots within the Russian delegation. She didn't seem to think much was changing in the Russian way of conducting business even while we westerners (whom she called "naive") were praising glastnost.
Posted 22 February 2002 - 06:47 PM
Posted 22 February 2002 - 07:01 PM
Posted 22 February 2002 - 08:54 PM
GUESS WHO WON!!!!!!
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