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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Russia Makes Sports Fraud Top 10

Can anyone be surprised that Russia made FOX Sport's top ten list of most fraudulent sports acts of all time? FOX reports that Russia came it at #5 on the all-time list, right behind BALCO:

5. Jamie Sale and David Pelletier — Skategate

Canadian figure-skating pair Jamie Sale and David Pelletier performed a near-perfect program only to receive ordinary ordinals from the judges in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. They tried to just smile it off, but they remained puzzled, along with pundits and skating aficionados worldwide. A probe ensued, exposing collusion between Russian and French judges, who agreed to swap votes in a sordid deal. Eventually, the Canadian duo was awarded gold medals and received a share of first place. What makes it stranger: As the investigation continued, there were allegations that implicated a famous Russian mobster as one of the masterminds behind the scandal.

The really sad thing is, How many Russians believe their country was the one that got cheated in the pairs event at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympiad?

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