Another Olympics, another figure skating judging controversy

Mae Berenice Meite of France competes in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Mae Berenice Meite of France competes in the women’s free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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“As I said before, somebody likes more athletic, somebody likes more balletic figure skating. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?”

Is there even a right or wrong? Judging, after all, comes down to expert opinions.

The athletes wisely steer clear of it all as best they can. Sure, American Ashley Wagner, who finished seventh, questioned the veracity of the points system and, most notably, the lack of openness in it. Generally, though, the skaters take the approach Kim used Friday, hours after she retired from competitive skating.

“I didn’t watch the performances of the other skaters, so I don’t think it makes a difference whether or not I accept this,’” she said. “I don’t have any regrets, and because it ended, that’s that.

“There have been times in other competitions as well when the score did not reflect my performance, no matter how well I did, to the point of being strange. I imagine various scenarios before the competition: doing well, not receiving a good score and coming in second place. Because I imagined a lot of things yesterday, I don’t think it was that surprising.”

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