Olympics Essay

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Jesika Brodiski Stafford American Literature 27 March 2014 Why did Adelina Sotnikova win the 2014 Sochi Olympics, over the equally talented Yuna Kim, for figure skating? [Dow]. "Sotnikova vs. Kim: Making Sense of Sochi's Skategate." The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 03 Mar. 2014. Web. 27 Mar. 2014 Kim's defenders have rallied in outrage: By Friday, 1.7 million people had signed a Change.org petition to demand an International Skating Union investigation into the scoring the current scoring system, introduced at the 2006 Turin Games, was created in response to the 2002 Olympic scandal in which the French and Russian judges colluded. The new system is more complicated than the old one, but it is designed to increase clarity and to avoid backroom deals. The nine judges are selected before each competition segment in a draw. While the scores are made available, the name of the individual judge that gave each score is kept secret, a move made with the intent to prevent judges from helping each other. But this secrecy riles some skaters and experts. Unless the ISU opens the vault to show who gave what scores, no one will know for sure if there was a pro-Russian bias. Regardless, it is the technical specialists, who are appointed by the ISU, who can also inflate a score based on the way they identify and classify an element. The Sochi medal debate and gossip will continue for years. But so will the fact that skating is a sport based on judging. The judging system has always been political. You can't get away from the subjective nature of judging. Dow offers a variety of evidence that supports judging will always be subjective and is unable to be avoided. This article gives good insight and interviews with the judges themselves. It explains how judges are chosen randomly before the games, without prior planning. All scores are posted from the ISU, but

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