VIDEO: Figure skating's scoring system stirs debate

Published on Friday, 21 February 2014 12:40 - Written by

AP sports writer Barry Wilner weighs in on the controversy over figure skating's complex and subjective scoring system, which triggered debate after Russia's Adelina Sotnikova outscored defending champion Yuna Kim to win the gold in Sochi.

Sports fans across the globe are demanding an investigation following the controversial women’s figure skating competition in which Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova won the gold over Korea’s Yuna Kim, despite Yuna’s strong performance that many believe made her an obvious choice for the gold.

Here are some quick stats on the petition so far:

Largest sports-related petition of all time on

Petition signers from nearly every country in the world

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Currently growing at a rate of 30,000- 40,000 signatures every hour

It’s been reported that U.S. Figure Skating has submitted a proposal that would eliminate anonymity in competition judging, which will be considered at the June ISU Congress. And just this morning, Ashley Wagner, one of the top American women’s figure skaters and a member of the current US women’s team, spoke out about her frustrations with the judges’ scores, saying: “It’s not clear enough to the audience and it needs to be more fan friendly so that we can get a wider fan base. I think we need to get rid of the anonymous judging.”