I've read and heard much about the home advantage for skaters. Of course, I understand that in the case of a big event, the "hometown" skaters have the advantage of the crowd cheering them on.
But I don't get the idea that the judges will be conspiring to put as many Russian skaters on the podium as possible at the Sochi Olympics.
Why would they? Judges are international: so what would a judge from, say, Denmark or Australia, have to gain by overscoring a Russian skater, just to get them onto the podium? What would be in it for them?
In pairs, V/T are the heavy favorites, but I think they have clearly earned that position.
In dance, it's next to impossible that anyone will dethrone D/W and V/M as the gold and silver medalists. So if a Russian team gets bronze, is it because of shady dealings behind the scenes? (I don't particularly think so, but others seem to. I'd like to hear your opinions.)
In the singles events, Plushy has a slight chance to be on the podium, I suppose (if he even competes). But I don't think that's a given. Julia or Adelina may also have a shot, but aren't they in the mix already?
I guess I'm naive in thinking that most judging is fair, or at least tries to be (even in the 6.0 days).