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Winter Olympics 2014: American Ice Dance Team First Place Win Marred By Rumors of Score Fixing

Feb 09, 2014 12:10 PM EST
Meryl Davis and Charlie White
(Photo : REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER) Meryl Davis and Charlie White (R), seen here in the ice dance free dance competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, placed first in the 2014 Sochi Games ice dancing event.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White's performance in the planned program of the 2014 Sochi Games ice dancing team event may have won them a gold medal but it also triggered media-driven suspicion of score fixing.

According to a report by NY Daily News, Davis and White were welcomed by reporters in the hallway following the announcement of their scores, who immediately told them their win may have been pre-planned.

“That’s the first time we’re hearing about that,” Davis responded to the allegations. “We’re confident that what we put on the ice speaks for itself.”

The ice dancing event has a history of score fixing, the most recent case involving the 2002 Winter Olympics where a French judge reportedly tag-teamed with Russia to cheat Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada out of a gold medal.

Officials of the Winter Olympics revised the scoring system following the 2002 scandal, but score fixing continues to be an issue to date.

Davis and White are expected to perform three more programs at the Sochi Games, one free dance routine in the new team event and two programs in the traditional category.

Canadian coach Marina Zueva, whose athletes Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir came in second after Davis and White, told reporters she thought "the marks were reasonable.”

Meanwhile, Ashley Wagner, who represented the U.S. in the women's figure skating category, scored a less than impressive 63.10 to finish in fourth place. Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia grabbed first in the event.

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