U.S. Figure Skating denied reports on Saturday suggesting the United States and Russia are conspiring to help each other win gold medals at the Sochi Olympics.
A report from the French newspaper L’Equipe, quoting an anonymous Russian coach, said the two countries have ensured judges would award U.S. ice dancers Charlie Davis and Meryl White ice dance gold, while Russia would win both pairs and the team event.
“Comments made in a “L’Equipe” story are categorically false,” the American governing body said in a statement on Saturday, via Reuters.
“There is no ‘help’ between countries. We have no further response to rumors, anonymous sources or conjecture.”
The allegation made the media rounds on Saturday. But it’s an odd one. Russia boasts strong skaters in all four disciplines, while Davis and White are among the ice dance favorites.
Such rumors don’t seem bother the U.S. pair.
“We haven’t heard anything about it,” she said. “We are confident that what we are putting out onto the ice speaks for itself.”
British Paralympic champion Josef Craig was disqualified from a race because he didn’t cover up an Olympic rings tattoo on his chest at the IPC European Championships on Sunday.
Craig, 19, was disqualified because of an International Paralympic Committee swimming rule that states, “body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols).”
Craig, who did not have the tattoo when he took gold at London 2012, has since competed at the European Championships with the Olympic rings tattoo covered.
If people attend the Paralympics, which are held weeks after the Olympics at the same venues, they will very often see the Paralympic Agitos logo where the Olympic logo once appeared.
It is visual proof that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are separate entities.
At the London Paralympics, American Rudy Garcia-Tolson earned silver in a 200m individual medley with an Olympic rings tattoo visible near his left shoulder-blade.
An IPC spokesperson said the rule pertaining to the Paralympics — which covers all sports — was new going into 2012 and will be fully enforced for the first time in Rio.
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Missy Franklin broke into tears reading a letter to her parents in a mock press conference in a spot for Minute Maid, one of the four-time Olympic champion’s sponsors since turning professional a year ago.
It was filmed in April near her home in Denver.
Franklin has split time training and competing and working with companies including GoPro, Laureus, Minute Maid, Speedo, United Airlines, Visa and Wheaties.
Franklin has said the sponsor commitments will curtail in the middle of May, when she starts a blackout period to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 26-July 3 in Omaha and air on NBC Sports.
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