Skating officials to review controversial Olympics finish

Skating officials to review controversial Olympics finish

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South Korea's silver medalist Kim Yu-Na, Russia's gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova and Italy's bronze medalist Carolina Kostner pose with their national flags during the Women's Figure Skating Flower Ceremony at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014.

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by Nancy Armour, USA TODAY Sports

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Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

International skating officials are reviewing a complaint from South Korea over the judging of the women's event at the Sochi Olympics.

International Skating Union spokeswoman Selina Vanier confirmed Thursday that the complaint from the Korean Skating Union and Korean Olympic Committee is in the hands of the federation's disciplinary committee. The ISU won't comment further, Vanier said.

Adelina Sotnikova's victory over 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea has been controversial because of the makeup of the judging panel for the final. One of the judges is married to a top Russian skating official, and she was seen hugging Sotnikova after the competition. Another judge was suspended for a year for trying to fix the ice dance competition at the 1998 Olympics.

Also, the head of the technical panel, which decides the value of the elements in a program, was Alexander Lakernik, a vice president of the Russian skating federation.

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