(speaking of poor judging) One example is the time that French skater Jacqueline du Bief won the 1952 world championship in Paris. There were no television cameras to record the action, but the spectators saw plenty: one judge gave du Bief a perfect mark of 6.0, even though she had fallen twice, once skidding across the width of the rink on her backside. When she won the event over Sonya Klopfer of the United States by only one judge, the crowd erupted noisly, throwing glass bottles and anything else at hand onto the ice. "The judges got away with it because those were the days before television," says Peter Dunfield, who later married Klopfer. "It was so crooked before television, you can't believe."
Du Bief, who had no involvement in the incident, later wrote a book in which she conceeded the gold medal to Klopfer, now Sonya Dunfield, who today works as a coach in New York. The two have remained good friends. Du Bief later distinguished herself as an innovative, outstanding show-skater.