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Olympic Figure Skating Judging Is More Biased Than Ever

They fixed figure skating judging, didn’t they? Apparently not. Science News reported this week that judges tend to favor their own teams, jack up their scores, and engage in vote trading, particularly since 2002, when the problem was thought to have been resolved. A study released this week in the Journal of Sports Economics found the unfair practices increased 20% after scoring reforms were made in an effort to discourage bias. Researchers believe one of the reforms—making judges’ tallies anonymous—may have made it easier for corruption to go unnoticed.

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