Might as well put this clip here in the correct thread.
Sky Italia commentary with English Sub by an Italian figure skating fan.
Original Translation and Video credit: Emil Petrov on Facebook.
Subtitles colour codes are: Silvia Fontana (2 time Olympian and retired figure skater in white), Danilo Freri (blue) and Massimiliano Ambesi (green).
This combined with Sonia Bianchetti's write up for the Olympics makes a pretty damning criticism of the judging at Sochi from the Italians.
One is Bianchetti and the other one is Ambesi. The best and the most objective expert and commentator in Italy.
Although, he did said later in the studio that he was for Kim but he would go easy on calling it a scandal. He also did compare the footwork between Sotnikova and Kostner using a parallel video.
Carolina might've been denied a first gold, as well. So not so much a fact that one is it?Yuna was denied a second gold. That much is a fact
Rai (pubblic tv) for example is not only biased but the broadcasting is horrible as well.
Eurosport is the best, and the guy Ambesi I mentioned, is the best one in Italy. Very knowledgeable and objective. He works for them and also covered Sochi for Sky.
Otherwise, I can run a story titled "I Was Denied Barack Obama's Job."
And it would be true, in a sense - I don't have his job, after all, do I? I must have been denied.
And in that sense, every single skater in this event except Sotnikova was "denied" a gold medal. Also, all the men were denied a medal in ladies' singles skating. And in pairs and dance, too.
During the 'pre-score' period (prior to the scores being announced) the Italians are perhaps the most vocal in declaring Yuna as the gold medal winner (as compared to commentators from other networks).
Post-scores, I'd also argue the Italians are comparatively more outspoken and critical of the judges decision!
It is especially interesting to watch how their comments transition from initial denials "I can't believe it, I can't believe it ... No, no, no, no, no ... No way, c'mon ... that's impossible"; to utter astonishment "I have no words ... why do [the judges] have to ruin our sport"; followed by protests "she would have been a beautiful bronze, she would have been a worthy silver, but she's NOT a gold!". I can only imagine the hurricane of hands & flurry of flying fists during their impassioned critique! hehe
However, after the initial shock and protests, I give Massimiliano Ambesi (green translation) credit when despite his belief that Yuna was robbed, he recognizes their collective responsibility as commentators to give some sort of explanation to their Italian audience on just how the judges might have been able to give higher scores to Sotnikova (e.g. she had one extra triple; Yuna's step sequence was downgraded to a level 3, etc.):
"In my opinion too, Kim should be the gold medalist; but we must give an explanation to the people at home ..." (@ 5:05)
That really speaks to his understanding/knowledge that big judging controversies like these tend to drive many casual viewers/fans away, which subsequently leads to steep declines in viewership & ratings.
Thanks for posting the video os168!
I find that video almost hysterical - it's like they are trying their best to fulfill the expectation of every Italian stereotype, the lounge act, the supper club routine. "Absolutely perfect"? "Nothing to add"? Seriously?
Also, "they've put her in the worst position, the last to skate"? WHO put her into this position? She drew a number. Just like everybody else.
"It's not a counting exercise." Uh, Sylvia, that's exactly what it is. Sorry lady, 6.0 has been retired since you competed.
"Make Adelina perform a tango"? Huh? Must everyone do what everyone else does?
Seeing as an equal number of people believe Carolina should have been first, I would have been pissed at the commentators if I was Italian for not backing their girl.