23 Feb 2014

Russia disputes figure skating fix

10:04 am on 23 February 2014

Adelina Sotnikova's coaches have hit back at suggestions the dramatic victory of Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating champion was the result of a voting fix in favour of the Winter Games' hosts.

South Korea want the International Skating Union (ISU) to review whether the decision to award women's figure skating gold to Russia's Adelina Sotnikova rather than national heroine Kim Yu-Na

was accurate.

The 17-year-old surged to her first major title ahead Kim and Italy's Carolina Kostner.

As she was being hailed by Russian media as a "super-sensation" who had saved national pride after the disastrous performance of its ice hockey team, questions were raised as to whether she merited the victory.

The 5.48 point gap between Sotnikova and Kim, bidding to become just the third woman to win back-to-back titles raised eyebrows.

One of the nine judges in the final final was Ukrainian Yuri Balkov, who was suspended for a year for his involvement in a fixing scandal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics ice dancing competition.

Another judge, Alla Shekhovtseva, is married to Russian federation general director Valentin Piseyev.