Here's an excerpt:
The French sports magazine L’Equipe reported last Friday a rumor that a deal was in the works between the Russians and the Americans. The deal was that the American judges would support the Russian skaters in the newly instituted “team competition” in exchange for support from the Russian (and possibly other Eastern European) judges for the American Dance team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White in the individual dance competition. Sadly, that rumor sounds all too plausible. Despite the gold won by the Russian pairs team yesterday, for the first time in many years, Russia was not well positioned going into the Olympics to win any individual gold medals in figure skating, so a team gold would certainly be very attractive (and face saving) for them. At the same time, Davis and White, while they have been mysteriously beating their Canadian rivals and defending Olympic champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, for the last couple of years, are not nearly so good as the latter. It could thus be difficult for them to continue their inexplicable winning streak at an event so visible as the Olympics without some help from the Russian judges.My only dispute here is that, since the sport has worked for two years to unfairly elevate DW over VM so that their win over VM would go unquestioned in the Olympics, they wouldn't require a Russian trade-off to make it happen. Furthermore, it doesn't matter that this is an incredibly visible competition if nobody knows what the fuck they're looking at. Daylight robbery is simple under these circumstances.
The fix was ALREADY in. Even the ISU got in on the act with its "Letter of Inquiry" about 4CC's 2013, helping to facilitate the bullshit that Tessa and Scott took a break cause they were afraid they couldn't beat DW on the merits.
Well they CAN'T because the sport won't allow it.
This does remind me of S&P versus B&S when everybody preferred to squawk about the French judge instead of looking at the two long programs to decide who deserved to win the gold. It happened like that back then because back then the figure skating journalists didn't understand figure skating and figure skating worked hard to make sure they didn't. If you look at the vast difference between the two teams, B&S the clearly superior team, superior running away, one wonders, when looking back at 2002, why a deal would have had to be made to insure that the superior team won the gold medal. Even if one believes the French judge, instead of suspecting she was pressured to confess she was pressured. Why would a DEAL have to be made to help the better team win? I mean suppose it was true - isn't that a scandal in itself -that a DEAL would have to be made to be sure the better team won at the Olympics?
Same thing now. Figure skating journalists claim the fact that Meryl and Charlie are winning justifies their coming win in Sochi, no deals required. NOBODY is asking why Meryl and Charlie have been winning because nobody is capable of looking at the skating in an informed manner and judging it according to CoP's own rules and criteria. NOBODY. They just go straight to - the story must be a Russian plant!
This would not happen in any other sport. Journalists and media would scrutinize the GAME, the players, from an educated standpoint as part of the process of weighing the merits of the claim. Here there is no weighing of the merits because nobody writing about it knows what the fuck they're talking about when it come to skating, and the ISU and the skating world is falling over itself making certain ignorance remains the journalistic standard in the skating world.
The scoffing at "L'Equipe" doen't prevent some journalist from casting aspersions on what may be going on in the ladies division, cause ... Russia. There, it's perfectly possible a deal has been struck, right? No need to look at the skating there, either.
Also interesting to me that the response to L'Equipe has been to look at Tessa Virtue instead of looking at Davis White.