Toronto Star Reporter Blames 'Fix' for Canadian Ice Dancers' Loss

Image: Toronto Star Reporter Blames 'Fix' for Canadian Ice Dancers' Loss Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue, left, and Scott Moir.

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 01:14 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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It wasn't just the fans who felt that Canadian ice dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue were robbed of the gold medal over the weekend at the Sochi Games — one very angry Toronto Star writer is leading the pack of skeptics who believe the competition was fixed.

Rosie DiManno, a Star reporter, went off in a column on Sunday about how the ice dancing upset by Americans Charlie White and Meryl Davis was a setup.

"The villainy of ice dancing knows no bounds. Strip away the sequins, wipe off the pancake makeup, delete the frozen-in-place smiles, and what’s left is a tawdry whore of a sport where the judges are the johns," DiManno wrote. "If the fix is not in against Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, then I’m the Princess of Wales."

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DiManno's column echoes a report that ran last week in the French sport magazine L'Equipe that claimed there was a pact between the U.S. and Russian figure skating judges to have White and Davis take first in ice dancing and the Russians win gold in the pairs and team events, according to Fox Sports.

The International Olympic Committee has denied that claim and refused to investigate it.

Even Petri Kokko, a two-time Finnish Olympian and creator of the Finnstep (one of the required moves in ice dancing), tweeted about the judging inconsistencies.


Canadian ice dancer Kaitlyn Weaver spoke with Yahoo Sports this week about the impact Virtue and Moir, who won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games, have had on the sport of ice dancing.

"[The Canadians] have created it into something more exciting," she said. "It is a little bit more acrobatic, it is more dangerous in a way, and yet all the while they are maintaining this dance quality and chemistry and romanticism."

"They bring emotion and they bring a relationship. You put a man and woman on the ice and as an audience member you want to see something happen, you want to see magic. That's what makes them so pertinent and relatable, and that's why I think people, their heart beats for them. It is beyond physical tricks or speed or . . . all those things play a factor, but they will be remembered because of the feelings they give the audience."

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