Regardless of the controversy, Kim Yuna bowed out with dignity:
“The judges give points and I can’t do anything about that,” she is reported as saying. “I did all I wanted to do, like I wanted to do it. … I’m just glad it’s over.”
A few relevant links:
- The Change.org petition: Open Transparent Scores and Remove Anonymity from the Judging Decisions of Women’s Figure Skating at the Sochi Olympics
- How Sotnikova Beat Kim, Move by Move, New York Times, 20 Feb
- The Sad, Perfect End of Kim Yu-na’s Figure-Skating Reign The Atlantic, 22 Feb. The article contains the following text:
The stench only worsened in the hours after the medal ceremony, as details about Thursday’s judging panel spread. Yuri Balkov of Ukraine was reinstated as a judge after a suspension for attempting to fix the ice-dancing competition at the 1998 Olympics. Alla Shekhovtsova? She’s the wife of Valentin Piseev, director of the Russian figure skating federation. You can’t make this up.
- Katarina Witt: ‘I was caught by surprise’:
- Farewell to the queen: Kim gives it her all in her final performance, Korea.net, with some nice pictures.
- Korea.net’s official Flickr page with all their photos of the Olympics, from where images in the below slideshow are sourced (click for the full size)