The Skating Lesson 's reaction
"Right now, I'm the world's biggest Yuna Kim fan"
ABC seems to cover this controversy tonight.
Christine Brennan @cbrennansports 1h
We're talking about the figure skating controversy on @ABCWorldNews tonight. My @USATODAYsports column: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...-gold/5643143/ …
Christine Brennan @cbrennansports 3h
Another Olympics, another huge skating controversy involving Russia. My quick @USATODAYsports column: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...-gold/5643143/ …
I wish the skaters, journalists, and TV commentators would stop fueling the idea of controversy--there are more than enough nasty p[people out there who use it as an excuse to attack the athlete rather than the judging system. Ryan Bradley (who is also guilty of tweeting about his disapproval of the results--he must know there a rabid fans out there likely to verbally attack whoever they think has unfairly beated their favorite) tweeted that Adelina's Facebook page is getting littered by nasty comments. I checked, and that is incdeed the case.
I wish I was suprised that some people think it's ok to attack verbally a teenage athlete who just performed the two most brilliant skates of her life, but I'm not. And this is why I think it is irresposible of commentators, other skaters, as well as skating fans to be urging others to sign petitions and keep talking about the controversy. Let the federations take action if they feel there was foul play.
Joseph Inman, a top U.S. international judge who was on the women's panel at the 2002 Olympics,
"I was surprised with the result. That's not fair to see Carolina and Yuna, who have great skating skills and had great skating tonight -- good jumps, nice presence on the ice, maturity, expression -- could be six points behind somebody who has tremendous skill but is just coming out of juniors"
Italian commentators of RAI (Fabrizio Pedrazzini ? and sorry, don't remember the womans name) said that they don't agree with Adelinas second mark.