Figure Skating Conspiracy? U.S. Officials Deny L'Equipe Report Alleging Intent To 'Help' Russians
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By Pritha Sarkar SOCHI, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) - U.S. Figure Skating has strongly denied reports suggesting the United States and Russia are conspiring to help each other win gold medals at the Sochi Olympics. "Comments made in a L'Equipe story are categorically false," the American governing body said in a statement on Saturday. "There is no 'help' between countries. We have no further response to rumours, anonymous sources or conjecture." U.S. media picked up on the report, saying the arrangement would help Meryl Davis and Charlie White to become the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance gold, while Russia in return would benefit in the team and pairs competitions. The original report also alluded to the fact that the arrangement was made so Davis and White were guaranteed to beat Canadian rivals and 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, with whom they share a coach in Marina Zoueva.
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