>> Good for Povilas and the rest of the skaters who signed the petition. I
>> don't understand how it could have been dismissed so out of hand "The ISU
>> Sunday turned down the protest. Referee Courtney Jones, who was
>> Friday's competition, told the Lithuanian delegation in a letter that the
>> protest had ``no grounds.'' NO GROUNDS???
>I think some people are confusing the 'official' Lithuanian federation
>protest with the skaters' petition. From what I can gather, the ISU
>turned down the official protest, but has made no comment on the
>petition -- nothing official that I've seen, at any rate.
>I would guess that such 'outspokenness' on the part of the normally
>meek and mild skaters *has* made of few of the PTB sit up a little
>straighter and take notice. What will come of it remains to be seen.
Here's some excerpts from 3 articles in chronological order.
This article mentions the federation filing the protest:
''Sat Mar 23, 2:59 AM ET
NAGANO, Japan - The Lithuanian Skating Federation filed a protest with the
International Skating Union over the fourth place finish of its ice dancers
at the World Figure Skating Championships.
In a letter late Friday to the ISU, Kasiemieras Starkevicius, the president
of the Lithuanian Skating Federation said: "We felt the result for third
place was clear for our team and we protest the third place awarded in a
controversial 5-4 split to the Israeli couple."
A later article gives more detail:
''Sat Mar 23, 7:26 AM ET
By Alastair Himmer
The Lithuanian delegation lodged an official protest with the International
Skating Union following the free program...
The ISU declined to comment on the protest or the allegations over judging
and neither Boris Chait nor the Israeli team delegation could be reached
Lithuanian team leader Sundeep Pandya said that the assistant referee had
supported their protest Friday.
"We have not had an answer from the ISU but two or three of the judges who
voted for the Lithuanians told me that they were ashamed to be on the panel
last night," he said.
This article mentions the petition, but there's some confusion regarding who
the petition was given to. The article also mentions the federation's
protest being turned down by Jones:
''POSTED AT 8:06 AM EST Monday, March 25
[coaches and skaters] got together to sign a petition declaring their
concerns to dance referee Courtney Jones yesterday.
...Bulgarian ice-dancer Albena Denkova, surrounded by several other skaters
as support, presented a petition to Ann Shaw, a member of the ice-dancing
Jones, the dance referee, turned down the Lithuanian federation's protest by
"Having examined all the details contained in the protocol and having
conducted the event review meeting . . . I cannot find any reason for your
complaint," Jones wrote. The event review meeting was reported to be very
[Perhaps the petition was directed at Jones, but actually given to Shaw,
because she has been supportive of the skaters, a view supported by the next
At a dance seminar yesterday, attended by coaches and skaters, only one
member of the dance technical committee received applause when introduced:
Shaw, a Canadian, who is known as an official who tries to work in the best
interest of the skaters.''