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SOCHI, February 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Coach of the Olympic figure skating champion Adelina Sotnikova, Yelena Buyanova, and Yulia Lipnitskaya’s coach Eteri Tutberidze believe that speculations about a Russian lobby in judging the figure skating contest in Sochi are utterly groundless.
“It is just unethical to highlight the fact that one of the judges, a famous Russian judge Alla Shekhovtsova, is married to the general director of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, Valentin Piseev,” Tutberidze told foreign journalists. “My view is absolutely objective, and I am sure Sotnikova's deserved the first place in the long program. She had a more interesting and complicated program than Korean skater Yuna Kim, and she performed the elements far cleaner.”
Buyanova echoed her colleague saying Shekhovtsova was a well-respected judge long before the marriage, “She represented Russia at major international tournaments, and I have never heard any grievances about her rulings from abroad. She is a high-class professional.”
Commenting on claims by US figure skater Ashley Wagner who was 7th and promptly called in question the marks awarded to Russian lady skaters, Buyanova said: “Wagner seems to be a hypocrite. Immediately after the competition she warmly congratulated Adelina and said Sotnikova was the best."