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French skating judge, federation chief banned from '06 Games

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Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The French judge and federation chief at the center of the Olympic figure skating scandal were suspended for three years Tuesday and banned from the 2006 Winter Games.

The rulings against judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne and French skating head Didier Gailhaguet were announced after a two-day hearing of the International Skating Union council.

Lawyers for the French pair said they planned to appeal the findings of misconduct.

Le Gougne and Gailhaguet were accused of manipulating the scoring of the pairs skating competition at the Salt Lake City Games, a controversy which led to the unprecedented awarding of duplicate gold medals.

Le Gougne was suspended indefinitely by the ISU in Salt Lake City after initially declaring that she voted for Russians Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze under pressure from Gailhaguet.

Le Gougne later recanted the accusations, saying she had been under emotional distress and was harassed by ISU officials into making false claims against Gailhaguet.

Based on Le Gougne's alleged misconduct, the ISU threw out the judges' marks and gave duplicate golds to Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier.

The suspensions, effective immediately, end April 30, 2005, but Le Gougne and Gailhaguet also will have to miss the next Winter Olympics, in Turin, Italy, in 2006.
04-30-2002 02:24 PM
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