President of the Canadian Skating Federation, Leanna Caron was a member of the jury for the Olympic ice dance event. Not surprisingly, she was not particularly generous with Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.
Incongruous situation, even surprising but not forbidden, can be both the president of the Canadian Skating Federation and be part of the jury responsible for noting the performance of athletes at the Olympic Games for which compete compatriots and not least. Since the beginning of the season, Leanna Caron has judged several Grand Prix events, where Canadian dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were sometimes involved, and was also on the jury in Pyeongchang.
What Didier Gailhaguet, President of the French Federation of Ice Sports (FFSG), had denounced.“The rules allow the Canadian judge to be president of the Canadian federation at the same time. If she can do it, she has the right to judge.In terms of ethics, it’s something that is not terrible, it gives a bad image, “ he regretted on Tuesday, after the free program of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.
Examining Leanna Caron’s notes for the free program (she was drawn by lot, unlike, for example, the French note), we observe that the Canadian judge was the only member of the jury who did not grant any 10/10 to the Tricolores while the other eight judges gave them at least two (four 10/10 for some). But the worst score and the best score were not retained, these ratings played only marginally in the overall score of the French, who improved their world record of free (123.35 pts) but let slip Olympic gold for 0.79 pt.
There is a commission composed of two judges (including the Frenchman David Molina at these Olympics) to monitor the judges’ scores if they really are very different from the others (more than 1.5 pts deviation from the mark). medium, which is not the case here) and report them to the federation. This commission can also trigger a procedure in case of “national bias” , that is to say a suspicion of having favored or disadvantaged a couple according to its nationality. If this were the case, the ice dance technical committee could at most punish the judge for an “assessment”four assessments in a three-year period that may result in suspension. These processes are confidential. And that will not change the outcome of the ice dance event.