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Didier Gailhauguet Resigns
French Ice Federation President Resigned May 2004
The controversial president of
the French Ice Sports Federation resigned on May 12, 2004.
Didier Gailhaguet is most well-known for his role
in the 2002 Olympic figure skating judging scandal
that resulted in duplicate gold medals being awarded
to the Russian and Canadian pairs figure skating teams.
The French Ice Sports Federation announced on May 12, 2004 that
Didier Gailhaguet, president of the French Ice Figure Skating
federation, and a central figure in a 2002 Olympic judging scandal,
At the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne
accused Gailhaguet of pressuring her to favor Russian pairs skaters
Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze over Canadian pair
Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, by under-marking the Canadian pair.
Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze were originally
announced as the first place winners but because of the controversy,
gold medals were awarded to both the Russian and Canadian pairs.
Judge Le Gougne later retracted her accusation, but
she and President Gailhaguet were suspended for a three year
period that would include the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
Marc Faujanet, director of the French Ice Sports Federal Council
will act as Interim Chief of the French Federation until a new
president can be selected.
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