Friday February 15 12:39 PM ET
Canadian Figure Skating Pair Get Gold - Source
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Canada's Jamie Sale and David Pelletier
will be awarded a gold medal in the Olympics pairs figure skating, an
International Olympic Committee (news - web sites) (IOC) source told
Reuters on Friday.
``The executive board has followed the International Skating Union
(news - web sites) proposal to award two gold medals and the votes of
the French judge have been canceled, making the final result four
votes all,'' the source said.
The Canadian duo finished second to Russians Yelena Berezhnaya and
Anton Sikharulidze last Monday, sparking a storm of controversy. The
source said the Russians would keep their gold medal.
Asked if the decision was the correct solution, IOC president Jacques
Rogge replied: ``Yes, because it in the interests of the athletes.''
The source said the French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne had said there
had been pressure put upon her to vote for the Russian duo. Her vote
gave a 5-4 verdict from the nine judges in favor of the Russians.
Rogge and ISU president Ottavio Cinquanta are scheduled to give a
joint news conference at 11 a.m. (1 p.m. EST).