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Everybody is freaking out about figure skating scores

Everybody is freaking out about figure skating scores
Posted February 21st, 2014 @ 12:00pm by Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Russia's Adelina Sotnikova pulled off a huge upset to win Olympic gold in women's figure skating yesterday, bumping defending champ and favorite Yuna Kim of South Korea to second place—and the world is not taking it well. American skater Ashley Wagner, who'sdefinitely not afraid to express her feelings, sums up the problem as most people see it: "I saw a lot of very nice, decent landings [from Kim]," she said, whereas Sotnikova botched a landing, NBC News reports. "People don't want to watch a sport where you watch people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean," Wagner continues. Part of the problem: As NBC puts it, figure skating's scoring system "is harder to understand than the theory of relativity," and anonymous judging doesn't help.

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