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March 23, 2003 | Helene Elliott
Ron Pfenning, dropped as the referee of the women's competition at this week's World Figure Skating Championships after he refused to accept new event-review procedures, resigned his membership of the International Skating Union's technical committee effective April 15. Pfenning, of Hyannis, Mass., said the ISU Council overstepped its authority when it eliminated judges' traditional post-event discussion and analysis.
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March 29, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for Marie-Reine Le Gougne, the French figure skating judge suspended by the International Skating Union during the Salt Lake City Olympics, said Thursday the ISU's refusal to postpone a hearing into her alleged misconduct will hamper his defense against charges she acted unethically in judging the pairs event. "It does put a hardship on us. It does prejudice us," said Maxwell Miller of Salt Lake City, who is representing Le Gougne.
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May 15, 2005 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Michelle Kwan found a sure way to get prime practice times. The five-time world champion became an owner of the East West Ice Palace in Artesia, which will have its grand opening Monday morning, then will welcome the public that afternoon. "You remember as young kids watching 'Cutting Edge,' and thinking, 'Wouldn't it be great to have your own rink?' " she said of the skating-themed movie. "I have my own ice rink. Well, not my own, but close enough."
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March 26, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Condemning reforms intended to restore figure skating's integrity as more conducive to sustaining corruption, a splinter group of officials, coaches and former skaters on Tuesday announced the formation of a federation that will seek to supplant the International Skating Union as the sport's global governing body. The World Skating Federation vowed to put skaters first, guarantee unbiased judging under the familiar 6.
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September 26, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The United States women's basketball team continued its world domination, something its male counterparts couldn't do. With a 79-74 victory over Russia on Wednesday at Nanjing, China, the U.S. won its second consecutive Women's World Basketball Championship. The victory was the 19th in a row in championship play for the U.S. women, who have not lost a game since 1994.
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August 9, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian figure skating officials denied knowledge of an alleged conspiracy to fix the pairs and ice dancing events at the Salt Lake City Olympics, denouncing what they called "the continuing campaign of groundless attacks on Russian figure skaters that has been unleashed in North America."
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March 20, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Just as he did in the Olympics, Russia's Alexei Yagudin showed why he is a champion. Relaxed and exuding confidence with every move, he scored a record six perfect marks in the men's short program Tuesday in the World Figure Skating Championships at Nagano, Japan, including the first for a man in required elements. "It is easy for me to skate here compared to the Olympics. I felt like I was going to a show," Yagudin said. There are eight jumps, spins, steps or combinations in the short program.
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March 19, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is that all there is? Did the decision to award duplicate Olympic figure skating gold medals to a Canadian pair at Salt Lake City rest on a muddled statement by French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne, as detailed in a startling story in today's editions of the Chicago Tribune? Or is there something more sinister at work?
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May 5, 2002 | JOHNETTE HOWARD, NEWSDAY
Before anyone sends the padded wagon, let me preface what I'm about to say by acknowledging it will never happen. But I'm going to set this down on paper anyway, perhaps wrap a fish in it tomorrow, and file my notes away in some folder called, "Ideas Whose Time Have Not Come." Because this needs to be said. Figure skating should be kicked out of the Olympics.
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August 3, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, proclaiming himself appalled that a reputed Russian mobster allegedly conspired to fix the pairs and ice dance competitions at the Salt Lake City Games, left an opening for the ice dance results to be recalculated if U.S. and Italian authorities uncover evidence that warrants dramatic remedies. "I will rule out nothing," Rogge said Friday from Manchester, England, where he was attending the Commonwealth Games. "Everything is possible.
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