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Pairs, Mixed

Date9 – 11 February 2002
StatusOlympic
LocationSalt Lake Ice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Participants40 from 12 countries
FormatThe pairs were ranked on Ordinal Placement for each section of the competition, based on judges' points, with final placement for each section determined by Majority Placements. The tiebreaker for the Original Program was the Required Elements score, while the tiebreaker for the Free Skating was the Technical Merit score. Thus, if a pair was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall for that section. Ties were broken by a Subsequent Majority rule. The tiebreakers were then, in order, 1) Number of Majority Placements, 2) Total Ordinals of Majority, 3) Total Ordinals. Final placement was determined by factored placements. The placement for the Original Program was factored by 0.5 (33.3%), and the placement for Free Skating was factored by 1.0 (66.7%). The sums of the factored placements were then used to determine final placement, with the Free Skating being the tiebreaker.

The best pair in the last year had been Canada’s Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. They had won the 2001 World title, and had a nine-event winning streak coming into Salt Lake, including three victories over Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, the 1998 silver medalists and World Champions in 1998-99. In the short program, there was little to choose between them until the end, when Salé slipped and fell during their final pose, pulling down her partner with her. Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze were given seven first place votes to two for the Canadians. They skated first in the free program and performed well. But their technical scores of 5.7 and 5.8 gave plenty of room for Salé and Pelletier. The Russians artistic scores were almost all 5.9. Salé and Pelletier performed a flawless routine to the theme from Love Story, and the audience seemed convinced that they were the champions. All their scores, technical and artistic, were 5.8s and 5.9s. But then the score came on the screens, and Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze had won, five first-place votes to four for the Canadians. The Canadian Olympic Association demanded an investigation.

The five judges who voted for the Russians were from Russia, China, Poland, the Ukraine, and France. The French judge was Marie-Reine Le Gougne and speculation focused on her. A few days later, it was found that Le Gougne had told British referee Sally-Anne Stapleford that she had been pressured to vote for the Russians, in exchange for Russians judges favoring the French ice dance team. She later retracted this claim but the damage had been done. Four days after the competition ended, IOC President Jacques Rogge held a press conference in conjunction with the International Skating Union (ISU) and announced that it was decided to place both pairs joint first, and award two sets of gold medals. Le Gougne was suspended from figure skating judging for three years. It should be noted that even without Le Gougne’s altered scores, Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze may have won the event, as figure skating experts noted their great speed and higher technical difficulty during the long program.

In July 2002, Uzbeki mafia chieftain Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov was arrested at his home in Italy. He had been investigated by the United States FBI for years for links to drug trafficking and illegal arms sales. Wiretaps had shown he was closely connected to many top Russian athletes, among them Marina Anissina, the Russian-born ice dancer who competed for France, as well as several Russian tennis players. Tokhtakhunov was imprisoned in Italy for a year, but was never extradited to the United States, and eventually returned to Russia. Anissina denied any involvement or knowledge in the schemes connected to the judging scandal.

The scandal led to major changes in the sport of figure skating. The entire judging system, for over a century based on majority placements, was scrapped in favor of a points system, in which skaters accumulated points to determine their final score, rather than starting with a perfect 6.0 and seeing points deducted for errors. The nine judge system was jettisoned in favor of 12 judges, with only nine scores to be selected at random, and the nine selected judges were not revealed. Thus the new system was actually less transparent. What the ISU did not count on was that the scandals, the controversies, the perfect 6.0s, and the old system, was part of the intrigue and interest in figure skating. Since television had discovered figure skating in the 1960s, it had been the perfect winter sport. And with the Hardigan scandal in the 1994 women’s event, figure skating had taken off, and been a boom sport. But after 2002, its popularity dropped precipitously, and many people felt the new scoring system, which nobody could understand or follow, was part of the problem. Through 2008, the sport has not yet really recovered in the United States and Europe, although Asian success has led to the sport becoming very popular there.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTFPSPFPFSFP
=1Russian Federation 1RUS1.50.51.0Gold1
Yelena BerezhnayaAnton Sikharulidze
=1Canada 1CAN2.01.01.0Gold2
Jamie SaléDavid Pelletier
3People's Republic of China 1CHN4.51.53.0Bronze
Shen XueZhao Hongbo
4Russian Federation 2RUS6.02.04.0
Tatyana TotmyaninaMaksim Marinin
5United States 1USA7.52.55.0
Kyoko InaJohn Zimmerman
6Russian Federation 3RUS9.03.06.0
Mariya PetrovaAleksey Tikhonov
7PolandPOL11.04.07.0
Dorota Zagórska-SiudekMariusz Siudek
8Czech RepublicCZE11.53.58.0
Kateřina BeránkováOtto Dlabola
9People's Republic of China 2CHN14.05.09.0
Pang QingTong Jian
10Canada 2CAN16.56.510.0
Jacinthe LarivièreLenny Faustino
11People's Republic of China 3CHN16.54.512.0
Zhang DanZhang Hao
12Canada 3CAN18.07.011.0
Anabelle LangloisPatrice Archetto
13United States 2USA18.55.513.0
Tiffany ScottPhilip Dulebohn
14GermanyGER21.06.015.0
Mariana KautzNorman Jeschke
15Ukraine 1UKR22.08.014.0
Olena SavchenkoStanislav Morozov
16Ukraine 2UKR23.57.516.0
Tetiana ChuvaievaDmytro Palamarchuk
17SlovakiaSVK25.58.517.0
Oljga BeständigováJozef Beständig
18UzbekistanUZB27.09.018.0
Nataliya PonomaryovaYevgeny Sviridov
19ItalyITA28.59.519.0
Michela CobisiRuben De Prà
20ArmeniaARM30.010.020.0
Maria KrasiltsevaArtyom Znachkov
DNSDemocratic People's Republic of KoreaPRK
Jong Yong-HyokPhyo Yong-Myong

Short Program (9 February 2002 — 18:23)

Judge #1Marina SanayaRUS
Judge #2Yang JiashengCHN
Judge #3Lucy BrennanUSA
Judge #4Marie Reine le GougneFRA
Judge #5Anna SierockaPOL
Judge #6Benoît LavoieCAN
Judge #7Vladislav PetukhovUKR
Judge #8Sissy KrickGER
Judge #9Hideo SugitaJPN
PosCompetitor(s)NOCPlacementCPTPFMPTOM/TOTP
1Russian Federation 1RUS1.0383387×1+7/11104.3
Yelena BerezhnayaAnton Sikharulidze
2Canada 1CAN2.0363289×2+16/16103.9
Jamie SaléDavid Pelletier
3People's Republic of China 1CHN3.0343069×3+27/27101.9
Shen XueZhao Hongbo
4Russian Federation 2RUS4.0322785×4+20/4199.8
Tatyana TotmyaninaMaksim Marinin
5United States 1USA5.0302707×5+33/4599.7
Kyoko InaJohn Zimmerman
6Russian Federation 3RUS6.0282629×6+49/4999.1
Mariya PetrovaAleksey Tikhonov
7Czech RepublicCZE7.0262165×7+35/7292.8
Kateřina BeránkováOtto Dlabola
8PolandPOL8.0242105×8+37/7592.4
Dorota Zagórska-SiudekMariusz Siudek
9People's Republic of China 3CHN9.0222045×8+39/7892.2
Zhang DanZhang Hao
10People's Republic of China 2CHN10.0201966×9+52/8291.2
Pang QingTong Jian
11United States 2USA11.0181325×12+59/11487.1
Tiffany ScottPhilip Dulebohn
12GermanyGER12.0161206×13+73/12085.4
Mariana KautzNorman Jeschke
13Canada 2CAN13.0121195×13+61/12086.3
Jacinthe LarivièreLenny Faustino
14Canada 3CAN14.0121186×14+74/12186.2
Anabelle LangloisPatrice Archetto
15Ukraine 2UKR15.0121126×14+79/12485.5
Tetiana ChuvaievaDmytro Palamarchuk
16Ukraine 1UKR16.081035×15+64/12884.8
Olena SavchenkoStanislav Morozov
17SlovakiaSVK17.06466×17+102/15774.2
Oljga BeständigováJozef Beständig
18UzbekistanUZB18.04305×18+88/16570.3
Nataliya PonomaryovaYevgeny Sviridov
19ItalyITA19.02305×18+89/16570.3
Michela CobisiRuben De Prà
20ArmeniaARM20.0029×20+179/17965.2
Maria KrasiltsevaArtyom Znachkov

Free Skating (11 February 2002 — 17:45)

Judge #1Marina SanayaRUS
Judge #2Yang JiashengCHN
Judge #3Lucy BrennanUSA
Judge #4Marie Reine le GougneFRA
Judge #5Anna SierockaPOL
Judge #6Benoît LavoieCAN
Judge #7Vladislav PetukhovUKR
Judge #8Sissy KrickGER
Judge #9Hideo SugitaJPN
PosCompetitor(s)NOCPlacementCPTPFMPTOM/TOTP
=1Canada 1CAN1.0373339×2+14/14105.13
Jamie Salé 4David Pelletier 5
=1Russian Federation 1RUS1.0373335×1+5/13104.76
Yelena Berezhnaya 7Anton Sikharulidze 8
3People's Republic of China 1CHN3.0343069×3+27/27103.1
Shen XueZhao Hongbo
4Russian Federation 2RUS4.0322765×4+20/42100.7
Tatyana TotmyaninaMaksim Marinin
5United States 1USA5.0302768×5+36/42101.1
Kyoko InaJohn Zimmerman
6Russian Federation 3RUS6.0282506×6+34/5599.2
Mariya PetrovaAleksey Tikhonov
7PolandPOL7.0262429×7+59/5998.5
Dorota Zagórska-SiudekMariusz Siudek
8Czech RepublicCZE8.0262167×8+56/7496.0
Kateřina BeránkováOtto Dlabola
9People's Republic of China 2CHN9.0221987×9+61/8195.3
Pang QingTong Jian
10Canada 2CAN10.0201746×10+58/9392.8
Jacinthe LarivièreLenny Faustino
11Canada 3CAN11.0181648×11+86/9892.5
Anabelle LangloisPatrice Archetto
12People's Republic of China 3CHN12.0161406×12+71/11090.6
Zhang DanZhang Hao
13United States 2USA13.0141327×13+85/11489.6
Tiffany ScottPhilip Dulebohn
14Ukraine 1UKR14.0121067×14+97/12786.2
Olena SavchenkoStanislav Morozov
15GermanyGER15.010989×15+131/13185.2
Mariana KautzNorman Jeschke
16Ukraine 2UKR16.08729×16+144/14482.1
Tetiana ChuvaievaDmytro Palamarchuk
17SlovakiaSVK17.06486×17+102/15675.7
Oljga BeständigováJozef Beständig
18UzbekistanUZB18.04387×18+123/16174.6
Nataliya PonomaryovaYevgeny Sviridov
19ItalyITA19.02229×19+169/16972.3
Michela CobisiRuben De Prà
20ArmeniaARM20.0009×20+180/18068.9
Maria KrasiltsevaArtyom Znachkov