Finally, Dore addressed the ramifications of ISU Rule 551, which permits skaters to pause their programs for up to three minutes with no specified deduction. It reads, in part:
"If a competitor gets injured during the performance or another adverse condition related to him or his equipment (such as health problems or unexpected damage to his clothing or equipment) impedes his/their skating, the competitor must stop skating. If he does not stop, he will be ordered to do so by an acoustic signal of the Referee. ... the referee will allow an up to three minutes period for the competitor to resume skating from the point of interruption."
Asked whether Rule 551 was working well, Dore replied, "No, no, no. We just don't have the right rule in place. The skaters have done nothing wrong. It's created considerable discussion in the ISU. Something will come out of this shortly."
While the ISU constitution dictates that a rule change must wait for the 2014 ISU Congress, held the summer after the Sochi Games, Dore said steps would be taken before that.
"We can make some modifications. The referee, in my opinion, can move faster to clean up the situation. My problem with it is everybody is looking at one another, saying, 'Who is doing this?' That will be clarified."