• Sochi 2014

Petition calls for inquiry into Russia figure skating gold

ESPN staff
February 22, 2014
Yuna Kim controversially finished second to Russia's Adelina Sotnikova in the women's figure skating © Getty Images

More than 1.5 million people have signed a petition calling for an inquiry into Russian Adelina Sotnikova's controversial figure skating Winter Olympic gold medal win, which came at the expense of South Korean Yuna Kim.

Sotnikova, the host nation's second-string entrant in Sochi, emerged as a shock winner with judges subsequently accused of bias.

The petition on Change.org is the fastest-growing in the site's history, with most signatories coming from South Korea.

Kim's biggest rival for gold appeared to be Julia Lipnitskaia, however the 15-year-old Russian fell in the short programme allowing the South Korean to surge into the lead after a flawless performance.

Sotnikova however produced a stunning display in the long programme to take the lead. Kim produced what seemed to be a perfect final routine, but was 5.5 points short of Sotnikova's score.

"I am stunned by this result, I don't understand the scoring," Katarina Witt, Olympic champion in 1984 and 1988, told German TV.

Nine judges score Olympic skating events, with their votes anonymous. The skater's final score is calculated by dropping the highest and lowest and then averaging the remaining seven scores.

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