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Winter Olympics: South Korea demands figure skating probe after Kim loses gold

Published on Feb 22, 2014 6:26 PM
 
South Korea's silver medallist Kim Yuna, Russia's gold medallist Adelina Sotnikova and Italy's bronze medalist Carolina Kostner (left to right) pose during the Women's Figure Skating Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb 21, 2014. South Korea has demanded a review of the controversial Olympic Games women's figure skating competition which saw national heroine Kim Yu Na beaten to gold by Russia's Adelina Sotnikova. -- PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI (AFP) - South Korea has demanded a review of the controversial Olympic Games women's figure skating competition which saw national heroine Kim Yu Na beaten to gold by Russia's Adelina Sotnikova.

The defending Olympic champion was relegated to the silver medal position by the Russian 17-year-old in Thursday's free skate, despite putting in an error-free performance to be beaten by 5.48 points.

It was a decision which prompted accusations of judges being influenced by the passionate support of the crowd to guarantee a victory for the host nation.

Within hours, the website of the popular online campaigning forum, Change.org, crashed and almost two million have now logged on to sign a petition calling for a review of the judges' scores.

 
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