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Olympic Sports

South Korea Crashed Change.org After Yuna Kim Didn’t Win The Gold Medal In Women’s Figure Skating


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Not surprisingly, a figure skating result at the Olympics is the subject of great controversy — probably because the judges include people who have previously been banned for trying to fix events and there’s no way to figure out which judges gave which scores and for what reasons. This one was enough to send record-breaking traffic to Change.org, eventually crashing the site.

Yesterday Adelina Sotnikova of Russia — on her home ice — bested gold medal favorite Yuna Kim of South Korea with a highly technical program that the judges favored. There’s plenty of reason to believe, or at least understand, that Sotnikova scored a justifiable upset. But:

1) As noted above, ice skating is one of the sketchiest sports out there.
2) Plenty of media members and experts expressed shock at the scores (examples here, and here, and here).

So when a petition called “Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women’s Figure Skating and Demand Rejudgement at the Sochi Olympics” (which, of course, will never, ever happen) was started on Change.org, the Internet went nuts. Kim is one of the most popular athletes in South Korea, and her countrymen and women rushed to her aid, sending traffic to the site at five times the highest previously-recorded rate, according to Change.org spokeswoman Charlotte Hill. While there are now over 1.6 million signatures on the petition, 90 percent of the traffic is coming from South Korea.

Just as Americans were upset with their gold medal game loss to Canada yesterday, South Koreans are understandably heartbroken and looking for an outlet. While they may have a case, nothing will change in ice skating until the rules are changed. It will continue to look like a sham, regardless of whether that’s actually the case.

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  • yves muller

    You got the money?

  • Christina Goldberg

    Whom did you receive the money?

  • Liana Jang

    http://www.feverskating.com/fevers/sochi2014/65081423
    http://www.feverskating.com/fevers/sochi2014/64956111

    http://rainbowtruth.blogspot.kr/
    At least this will Explain about SoCheat 2014 Olympic

    FACT: You are manipulated guys….: Did any press MENTION about SHORT PROGRAM? :S

    The answer is NO Why do you think they

    DID NOT MENTION IT IN DETAIL? :D

    Russia insists that the Olympic for ladies single Figure Skating is a reasonable result however, if you take a closer look of the Total Planned Elements score you will find how ridiculous their statement is.

    The “Jump” which is the factor that decides the Base Value is higher when the jump difficulty is higher and lower when it is lower, When we only consider if we had triple jump, 3A (Triple Axel) has the most highest difficulty followed by the the 3Lz (Triple Lutz), the 3F (Triple Flip), the 3Lo (Triple Loop), the 3S(Triple Salchow), and the 3T (Triple toe loop).
    Both Yuna Kim and Adelina Sotnikova did not have 3A which is Triple Axel in the program, thus if we take a look at the Jump composition it will be like this (Both Short/Long Program are included) :

    Yuna Kim
    Ki3Lz+3T(Triple Lutz+ Triple toe loop) 10.10
    3F(Triple Flip) 5.30
    2A(Double Axel) 3.63
    3Lz+3T(Triple Lutz+ Triple toe loop) 10.10
    3F(Triple Flip) 5.30
    3S+2T(Triple Salchow +Double Toe) 5.50
    3Lz(Triple Lutz) 6.60
    2A+2T+2Lo(Double Axel+Double Toe+Double Loop) 7.04
    3S(Triple Salchow) 4.62
    2A(Double Axel) 3.63

    Adelina Sotnikova
    3T+3T(Triple toe loop + Triple toe loop) 8.20
    3F(Triple Flip) 5.30
    2A(Double Axel) 3.63
    3Lz+3T (*Triple Lutz[Wrong Edge]+ Triple toe loop) 10.10 *=Wrong Edge
    3F(Triple Flip) 5.30
    3Lo(Triple Loop) 5.10
    2A+3T(Double Axel+Triple Toe Loop) 8.14
    3F+2T+2Lo(Triple Flip+Double Toe+Double Loop) 9.24 -> Two foot Landing
    3S(Triple Salchow) 4.62
    2A(Double Axel) 3.63

    Based on the above facts if you calculate each of the skater’s Base score is
    Yuna Kim: 61.82
    Adelina Sotnikova: 63.26
    Thus the difference in the Total Base Score is Only 1.44. But guys you have to know Adelina TWOfoot landed and had Wrong Edge the deduction should be made lol thus there would be almost should be 1 lol at least? BUT U KNW They give Adelina more points without deduction sis…

    Also the Base Value is just an “expected execution score”, thus even if the skater had good component it does not guarantee that the skater would get the expected Base Value score so if the skater fails to execute the component properly the vase value score becomes meaningless .

    Let’s compare the “Triple Luts jump (which has the highest difficulty and base value in both skaters)” of Yuna kim and Adelina Sotnikova’s.

    Adelina Sotnikova’s Triple Luts jump had edge violation [Wrong Edge] where she executes a jump on the incorrect edge. It was a ‘cheating jump’ which it should have been judged as the wrong edge. In this circumstances it is normal to deduct 0.5~0.6 from the total score. Moreover, As she had Two foot landing while she was executing Double loop she needs to get another reduction!

    Thus if we reflect this wrong edge the base value of two skaters we can see that there is almost no difference in between Yuna kim and Adelina Sotnikova’s base score. However Adelina Sotnikova did not get a wrong edge judgement, but got a higher execution score.

    Furthermore If you take a look at the GOE you can Spot something is fishy especially for the SHORT program ! as well as the free program :S

    Liana Jang • 2 days ago

    FACT: You are manipulated guys….: Did any press MENTION about SHORT PROGRAM?

    The answer is NO Why do you think they

    DID NOT MENTION IT IN DETAIL? :D

    Russia insists that the Olympic for ladies single Figure Skating is a reasonable result however, if you take a closer look of the Total Planned Elements score you will find how ridiculous their statement is.

    The “Jump” which is the factor that decides the Base Value is higher when the jump difficulty is higher and lower when it is lower, When we only consider if we had triple jump, 3A (Triple Axel) has the most highest difficulty followed by the the 3Lz (Triple Lutz), the 3F (Triple Flip), the 3Lo (Triple Loop), the 3S(Triple Salchow), and the 3T (Triple toe loop).
    Both Yuna Kim and Adelina Sotnikova did not have 3A which is Triple Axel in the program, thus if we take a look at the Jump composition it will be like this (Both Short/Long Program are included) :

    Yuna Kim
    Ki3Lz+3T(Triple Lutz+ Triple toe loop) 10.10
    3F(Triple Flip) 5.30
    2A(Double Axel) 3.63
    3Lz+3T(Triple Lutz+ Triple toe loop) 10.10
    3F(Triple Flip) 5.30
    3S+2T(Triple Salchow +Double Toe) 5.50
    3Lz(Triple Lutz) 6.60
    2A+2T+2Lo(Double Axel+Double Toe+Double Loop) 7.04
    3S(Triple Salchow) 4.62
    2A(Double Axel) 3.63

    Adelina Sotnikova
    3T+3T(Triple toe loop + Triple toe loop) 8.20
    3F(Triple Flip) 5.30
    2A(Double Axel) 3.63
    3Lz+3T (*Triple Lutz[Wrong Edge]+ Triple toe loop) 10.10 *=Wrong Edge
    3F(Triple Flip) 5.30
    3Lo(Triple Loop) 5.10
    2A+3T(Double Axel+Triple Toe Loop) 8.14
    3F+2T+2Lo(Triple Flip+Double Toe+Double Loop) 9.24 -> Two foot Landing
    3S(Triple Salchow) 4.62
    2A(Double Axel) 3.63

    Based on the above facts if you calculate each of the skater’s Base score is
    Yuna Kim: 61.82
    Adelina Sotnikova: 63.26
    Thus the difference in the Total Base Score is Only 1.44. But guys you have to know Adelina TWOfoot landed and had Wrong Edge the deduction should be made lol thus there would be almost should be 1 lol at least? BUT U KNW They give Adelina more points without deduction sis…

    Also the Base Value is just an “expected execution score”, thus even if the skater had good component it does not guarantee that the skater would get the expected Base Value score so if the skater fails to execute the component properly the vase value score becomes meaningless .

    Let’s compare the “Triple Luts jump (which has the highest difficulty and base value in both skaters)” of Yuna kim and Adelina Sotnikova’s.

    Adelina Sotnikova’s Triple Luts jump had edge violation [Wrong Edge] where she executes a jump on the incorrect edge. It was a ‘cheating jump’ which it should have been judged as the wrong edge. In this circumstances it is normal to deduct 0.5~0.6 from the total score. Moreover, As she had Two foot landing while she was executing Double loop she needs to get another reduction!

    Thus if we reflect this wrong edge the base value of two skaters we can see that there is almost no difference in between Yuna kim and Adelina Sotnikova’s base score. However Adelina Sotnikova did not get a wrong edge judgement, but got a higher execution score.

    Furthermore If you take a look at the GOE you can Spot something is fishy especially for the SHORT program ! as well as the free program :S


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