U.S. figure skating dismisses report of judging conspiracy


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.”

WATCH: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir practice dog handling skills

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Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and two-time U.S. Olympian Johnny Weir are reporters and digital contributor’s to this year’s National Dog Show on NBC today from noon to 2 p.m. across all time zones. But before the show, they went behind the scenes to learn the proper techniques for dog handling in front of the judges.

“Judges can be tricky,” Lipinski laughed, before taking Weir in synchronized step around the ring.

In a second video, below, Lipinski and Weir explored how the dogs are primped and primed for show time.

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BuzzFeed scares Olympians with a live turkey

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In honor of Thanksgiving, our friends at BuzzFeed decided to surprise several Olympians with a live turkey.

Watch your favorite Olympians practice their turkey calls, and even take selfies with the bird:

Athletes featured in the video:

Tori Bowie (Track & Field)

Matt Centrowitz (Track & Field)

Dawn Harper-Nelson (Track & Field)

Jenny Simpson (Track & Field)

Katelin Snyder (Rowing)

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