Winter Olympics: South Korea demands figure skating probe after Kim loses gold
Published on Feb 22, 2014 6:26 PM
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.
To continue reading, log in if you are a subscriber
Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!