1.6M Sign Change.org Petition Against Sotnikova-Kim Skating Score

Image: 1.6M Sign Change.org Petition Against Sotnikova-Kim Skating Score Yuna Kim of South Korea, left, Russian Adelina Sotnikova, center, and Italy's Carolina Kostner.

Friday, 21 Feb 2014 10:30 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Change.org crashed temporarily this week after hordes of angry figure skating fans flooded the petition site to protest Russian Adelina Sotnikova's gold-medal upset over ladies' singles favorite Yuna Kim of South Korea. As of Friday morning, 1.6 million people had signed.

Sotnikova took gold over reigning world and Olympic champion Kim in Thursday's highly contested ladies figure skating results that some say reek of a hometown setup. Italy's Carolina Kostner took home the bronze.

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The results irked many, including former and current figure skating athletes.





But it was the fans who turned out in droves to sign an online petition on Change.org calling for an "Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women's Figure Skating and Demand Prejudgment at the Sochi Olympics." As of Friday morning, 1.6 million people had signed the appeal — so many that the site's server crashed temporarily, BusinessInsider.com reported.

"This is NOT for Yuna Kim, this is for the FAIR SPORTSMANSHIP THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE CENTRAL TO THE WORLD EVENT OF THE OLYMPICS," the petition reads.

Many are convinced that Kim was robbed of the gold medal as part of a Russian conspiracy to have one of their own take first place. The Los Angeles Times' Philip Hersh pointed out that there were a couple of sketchy members on the judging squad that definitely could have orchestrated a fix.

"The International Skating Union has created a scoring system so mathematically complex, it is incomprehensible," Hersh wrote. "On top of that, it allows judging and technical panels to have massive conflicts of interest (one judge on Thursday’s panel, Alla Shekhovtseva, is married to the former Russian Skating Federation president) and include cheaters (another judge, Yuri Balkov of Ukraine, had been suspended for his role in prejudging an event)."

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