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their anthem should come first
|SALT LAKE CITY -- The Canadian and Russian pairs skaters might be getting dual gold medals, but a Russian official said Friday evening that when the flags are raised at their medal ceremony the first music to be heard should be the Russian National anthem.
"As the athletes first given the gold, they should be given their due respect," Russian National Olympic committee president Leonid Tyagachev said Friday night at the Russia House.
Tyagachev said he expected the Russian pair of Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze to join the Canadian pair of Jamie Sale and David Pelletier on the podium and that both flags would be raised. But as far as he's concerned his team rightly deserved the gold.
"We are satisfied with the decision, but when the athletes received the gold we thought the ranking absolutely justly," Tyagachev said.
IOC vice president Vitaly Smirnov denied that the Russian Federation was involved in any way with judging misconduct surrounding the pairs figure skating competition.
"As to the question whether the Russians were involved, the answer is no," Smirnov said.
-- Eric Adelson, ESPN The Magazine
and Cynthia Faulkner, ESPN.com
|Canadian pair David Pelletier and Jamie Sale pose with coach Jan Ullmark after learning they would get gold medals.|
|Three previous examples of duplicate medals being awarded: 1924: Anders Haugen, a U.S. ski jumper, was placed fourth at the first Winter Games in Chamonix. Some 50 years later, a historian checking records determined that Haugen's distance had been miscalculated and that he should have finished third. Haugen was awarded the bronze medal at a special ceremony in Oslo, when he was 83. 1984: Third place in the 100-meter hurdles initially was declared a dead heat between American Kim Turner and France's Michele Chardonnet, but officials then decided Turner was ahead at the finish. After the IOC again reviewed tapes of the finish, the French sprinter received a bronze of her own 3½ months after the games. 1992: After the games, the IOC awarded a gold in synchronized swimming to Canada's Sylvie Frechette because of a judging error. A judge had meant to give Frechette and 9.7, but accidentally typed in 8.7. American Kristen Babb-Sprague also got to keep her gold. Other examples of Olympic medals that were awarded later: 1912: American Jim Thorpe was stripped of his decathlon and pentathlon golds a year after the Olympics because he had played professional baseball. The medals were returned to his family in 1983. 1952: Sweden's Ingemar Johansson was disqualified "for not fighting his best" in the final super heavyweight bout and denied his silver medal. Johansson finally got his silver 29 years later. 1964: Pairs skaters Marika Kilius and Hans-Jurgen Baumler of Germany returned their silver medals two years after the Innsbruck Games following allegations that they signed professional contracts before the start. The IOC returned their medals in 1987. 1968: Featherweight Albert Robertson of the United States was disqualified from the title bout at Mexico City for a low blow. The IOC gave him the silver medal after the games. -- The Associated Press|