February 23, 2014
The Japan Times
Written by Jack Gallagher, Translated by 피겨갤
The fallout from the McLaren Report has been profound and it does not look like it is over yet. Several news outlets, including Italy’s Gazetta dello Sport, have reported that gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova’s doping sample following the free skate showed possible signs of tampering.
Sotnikova may well be an innocent victim in all of this, but she could end up being collateral damage as well. If there is evidence of unfair intervention, it is obvious that the ISU is going to have to change the results of the women’s singles.
Whether Sotnikova knew about it or was involved is irrelevant.
The irony here can’t be understated. Ice Time was in the Iceberg Skating Palace the night that Sotnikova was controversially given the gold over Yuna Kim. He smelled something wrong right away.
The ISU and IOC chose to look the other way in the judging scandal that followed and let the results stand, despite the outrage and condemnation of fans, media and members of the international skating community.
Now, in a bizarre twist that nobody at the time could have foreseen, the ISU and IOC have essentially been given a mulligan. If there is any indication of manipulation with Sotnikova’s sample, the ISU and IOC are going to have to do the right thing this time, or risk losing all credibility.
If Sotnikova is disqualified, Kim would get the gold, Italy’s Carolina Kostner the silver, and Gracie Gold the bronze.
Ice Time was the first to mention this possibility last July when the McLaren Report first disclosed the diabolical doping scandal that occurred in Sochi. Some scoffed at the suggestion then that Kim could end up with the gold after all.
They aren’t scoffing now.
맥클라렌 보고서의 여파는 심도 있어 왔으며 아직 끝나지 않은 것처럼 보인다. 이태리 가제타 델로 스포츠를 포함한 몇몇 언론 매체가 금메달리스트인 아델리나 소트니코바의 프리 스케이팅 후 도핑 샘플에 조작 가능성의 표시가 있었음을 보도했다. (소변 샘플을 도핑 샘플이라고 언급)