I still fail to understand what Sotnikova got to do with all this. All she did is skate the best she could.Had the judging been more transparent, maybe her victory wouldn't be tainted by 'skating while Russian' suspicions. But the big problem is that if a knowledgeable fan watches both performances they're really close. But the judges' marks aren't close. Sotnikova had won before Kim skated. If fans aren't prone to trust that the judges are honest then they're gonna be suspicious and the innocent skater is the one who's going to feel the brunt of the suspicion
The answer before 2002 was mostly 'yes'.
The answer since then has been much more difficult to answer.
In terms of results. No one's interested in slam dunk victories in the long term. People are interested in very close contests where a slightly different panel of judges might have judged things slightly differently.
It's easy to imagine Boitano/Orser or Baiul/Kerrigan or GG/MD or even Lipinski/Kwan (not to mention Lysacek/Plushenko) turning out differently for completely legitimate reasons with all the judges doing their honest best.
But.. since 2002 many fans (including me) have lost any faith whatsoever that judges are doing their honest best and that makes some results kind of.... suspect.
Why is this so hard to understand?
I don't agree with many of the scores that Chan has been receiving, but to have negative feelings or even hate (as it looks towards Adelina in some cases) that's just plain stupid.
Blatter, for example, won the FIFA chair thanks to the small Fed's like almost all African countries. It doesn't matter that Germany, England, Brasil, Italy etc. are bigger Fed's and have a huge tradition of football.
Here is the ISU Communication No. 1863: Agenda for the 2014 ISU Congress
Edit: I see that it has been posted already, sorry. Moderators can delete this comment.
This is an interesting and informative topic.
Please don't turn it into a "Sochi Ladies Results" thread.
There are plenty of threads open for that debate, and those who aren't sick to death of it can argue there all you want.
None of Mr. Cinquanta's ruminations are on the Congress agenda.