On Monday, Canadian ice dancing pair Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue (from London, Ontario) settled for silver at Sochi’s Winter Olympics, falling a full 4.5 points behind Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The “gulf” in their scores led many to rumour of a rigged finish, which wouldn’t be unique to figure skating and wouldn’t be unique to any judged sport.
However, Moir – speaking to a media gathering in Russia – said he has put aside that notion.
“I think everybody involved in the Olympics has to, and they do make the effort to try and rid the sport of those things,” he said. “As hard as it is… I think, at the end of the day, we had a great form for us to go out there and perform at the best of our abilites.
“It didn’t go our way, but I didn’t think that the judging was predetermined. It’s just the way that the cookie crumbled, I guess.”
While many have agreed that Canada’s team was scored either low or oddly far behind the United States, many were quick to throw water onto the rumour mill’s fire.
Speaking with CTV (link above), former ice dance Shae-Lynn Bourne said the White-Davis and Moir-Virtue have tremendously different styles, which could have led to the judge’s polarized scores.
“Tessa and Scott are more artists…. and the others, I see more as athletes,” Bourne told CTV. “They’re always doing powerful routines and they’re exciting, but when Tessa and Scott touch the ice, they’re telling a story.”