Skating scandal rocks Sochi as Putin blamed for bias judging

February 21, 2014 / Written By New York Post

South Koreans on Friday blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin and biased judging at the Sochi Games after their top skater Kim Yuna was denied back-to-back Olympic golds by Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova.

In her final Winter Olympics, 23-year-old Kim was beaten by 5.48 points by Sotnikova, who secured Russia’s first ladies singles gold, despite a flawless performance from South Korea’s most loved and best-known athlete.

Many in this country of 50 million people stayed up until the early hours of Friday expecting to see “Queen Yuna” join Germany’s Katerina Witt and Norway’s Sonja Henie as the only women to win successive Olympic figure skating golds.

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