US Figure Skating: Report of ice dancing deal ‘categorically false’

US Figure Skating has called an accusation of collusion between the US and Russian judges 'categorically false.'

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US Figure Skating has denied a report accusing the American and Russian judges of being in cahoots during the figure skating events. 

The French sport magazine L’Equipe obtained a quote from an anonymous Russian source claiming the US and Russian figure skating judges have agreed to work together to ensure Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White win the ice dancing event and Russia wins the pairs and team events. 

"Comments made in a L’€™Equipe story are categorically false," U.S. Figure Skating said in a statement obtained by the Chicago Tribune. "There is no ‘help’ between countries. We have no further response to rumors, anonymous sources or conjecture."

Reigning world and US champions Davis and White are the favorites to win the ice dancing gold in Sochi. Their biggest rivals are Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. In Vancouver in 2010, Davis and White took silver to Virtue and Moir’s gold. 

In Saturday’s team figure skating event, Virtue and Moir received a 72.98 for their short program to Davis and White’s 75.98. 

A spokesman for Skate Canada, for its part, does not seem overly concerned. 

"We were made aware of the article from L’Equipe today and we feel it is best not to comment on it," said high performance director Michael Slipchuk to the Toronto Sun. "Canada is confident that the results of competition will be determined where they should be, on the ice."

It’s a viewpoint shared by the skaters themselves.  

"It’s unfortunate there is an article," Davis, who said she hadn’t heard of the report until after the short dance performance, said according to the Tribune. "We are confident what we are putting out on the ice speaks for itself."

"That’s sort of out of our control," Virtue told the Sun. "It’s part of being in a judged sport. There’s not much you can do about that."