How many Olympic judges previously had suspensions for biased judging or poor performance, or were caught outright cheating? We all know the ladies event had the infamous Ukranian/Russian/Israeli Yuri Balkov as a judge, who has been judging for years in all disciplines after being reprimanded for having a conversation with the then Canadian judge-- caught on recording-- about what ordinals should be given for the 1998 Olympic free dance. In addition to Balkov, the ice dance panel in Sochi had its own old time resident cheater, Irina Nechkina of Azerbaijan/Russia. I'm not sure what federation sponsors her today, but she was, as a judge for Azerbaijan, removed from the Olympic panel in 2006 ahead of time for bias. How many others like her and Balkov were around in Sochi?
A lot of skaters would like to see more transparency. If there are individuals who have fixed past results or shown a record of poor performance, the results are going to be more uncertain.
Azerbaijan is one of those countries/federations about which I wonder if it should even have judges or be permitted to function as an independent federation within the ISU.