Oscar Pistorius reportedly is dropped by his blade manufacturer

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The Iceland company that manufactured Oscar Pistorius‘ running blades used since at least 2004 cut ties with the first double amputee to run at the Olympics, two weeks into his murder trial.

“We’re no longer sponsoring Oscar Pistorius,” Ossur Chief Financial Officer Sveinn Solvason said, according to the New York Daily News.

Pistorius was known as the “Blade Runner” for his feats on Ossur’s “Flex-Foot Cheetah” prosthetic legs. He won eight medals over the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics and competed in the 400m at the 2012 Olympics.

Pistorius fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early morning of Valentine’s Day 2013, saying he thought Steenkamp was an intruder locked in his bathroom.

He lost sponsors, such as Nike, but in the days after Steenkamp’s death, Ossur said it was awaiting the outcome of the police investigation, according to the Telegraph in England.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to charges, including murdering Steenkamp, and is two weeks into a high-profile trial in Pretoria, South Africa. Ossur decided not to wait for the outcome.

“It’s up to the courts of South Africa to rule in this matter,” Solvason said, according to Bloomberg. “We, as Ossur, don’t have any official stand in this matter on whether the man is innocent or guilty. But we’re no longer sponsoring Oscar Pistorius.”

Pistorius’ prosthetic legs, shorts covered in blood in trial photos

Chinese figure skating judges banned for biased Olympic scoring

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Two Chinese figure skating judges were suspended by the International Skating Union for biased judging at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng had “preferential marking” for top Chinese skaters Jin Boyang (fourth place in PyeongChang) and the silver medalist pairs’ team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, respectively, according to the ISU.

Chen was banned two years and excluded from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Huang got a one-year ban.

Chen awarded her highest grades of execution scores of the men’s competition to Jin, as well as her second-highest program components scores, trailing only gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. Both sets of scores, in both the short and long programs, were out of line with the other eight judges.

“There is evidence of preference for the Chinese skater and prejudice against his strongest competitors,” an ISU report read. “Her marks were completely unrealistic.”

The pairs’ judge Huang “obviously favored his pair also vis-à-vis the other top candidates for the Olympic gold medal,” the ISU said in a report, referencing inflated scores for Sui and Han and lower scores for gold and bronze medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.

Huang was warned one month before the Olympics by the ISU for biased judging at the December 2017 Grand Prix Final pairs’ event.

Both suspensions are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Javier Fernandez to skip Grand Prix, still compete next season

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Javier Fernandez, who in PyeongChang became the first Spanish Olympic figure skating medalist, will skip the fall Grand Prix series but return for January’s European Championships, which could be his final competition.

Europeans will be Fernandez’s focus for the season, his agent said Tuesday.

Fernandez, 26, added an Olympic bronze medal to his 2015 and 2016 World titles. He has said that his third Olympics in PyeongChang would be his last. But Fernandez did not say he would retire after the Winter Games, though he did skip the world championships in March.

Fernandez now plans to compete in his 13th straight European Championships in Minsk in January. He won the last six titles. It’s unknown if he will continue on to the world championships in Saitama, Japan, in March.

In Fernandez’s absence, the top male singles skaters in the fall Grand Prix season should be double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, PyeongChang silver medalist Shoma Uno and American Nathan Chen, who was fifth at the Olympics after a disastrous short program but ran away with March’s world title by the largest margin in history.

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