There is more than a little rooting interest in Canada in South Korean figure-skating champion Yu-na Kim; she trains in Toronto with Brian Orser, whose silver in Calgary in 1988 is still a sore point in the country.
It might be of interest, then, to point people toward the "Who is trying to mess up Yu-na Kim's jumps?" conspiracy theory video, which has gone viral ahead of the women’s singles figure-skating competition, which begins Feb. 23 in Vancouver. This has been making the rounds among skating buffs for a long time, but it highlights a strange pattern of judges downgrading Kim on her combination jumps (which Michelle Kwan can be heard to describe in the video as having a huge "wow factor"). On the accompanying YouTube tag, the anonymous poster explains his premise this way:
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"Last season, a strange 'wrong edge' call suddenly appeared on her 3F-3T (triple flip-triple toe loop combination), a jump Kim had been doing for the past 5 years. And a surprising 'downgrade' mark suddenly