Some Canadians Believe Ice Dancing Was Fixed at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2014

When things don't go your way in sports, blame everyone else for the disappointing result.

Earlier this month, the French newspaper L'Equipe wrote that a Russian coach said that ice dancing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics was going to be fixed. The Americans were to help the Russians in the team competition and the Russians would return the favor in another competition.

The U.S. Figure Skating Association, via The Boston Globe's John Powers, called the allegations "categorically false."

As it turns out, the American duo of Meryl Davis and Charlie White took home gold in the ice dancing competition, and the Russians won the gold in the team competition.

Of course, Canada finished second in both competitions.

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir—who won gold at the 2010 Winter Olympicsput on a great show in ice dancing, but the judges gave the edge to the United States. However, not everyone agreed with the judges and believe that the fix did indeed happen.

One man was extremely outraged, via SB Nation's Travis Hughes:

Here's what the Toronto Star's Rosie DiManno had to say on the matter:

If the fix is not in against Tess Virtue and Scott Moir, then I’m the Princess of Wales.

They are the defending Olympic champions but for the past two seasons it has become transparently clear that a repeat gold was not in the scheme of things. And scheming is the correct term for what transpired in the short program competition here Sunday night.

[...]

The U.S. has never won an ice dance championship at the Olympics. Obviously, the judges have decided it’s time.

That’s how they do it in this sleazy game. They too often take it out of the hands of the skaters.

Those are some bold statements.

Judges get to decide who wins in ice dancing, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion of how each competitor performed. 

For Canadians, taking home the silver is tough to swallow right now. Some believe that their performers never had a legitimate chance to win gold. No matter who denies the claim, it will be tough to convince them that it was a fair competition.

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