1. French newspaper leaks story about corrupt judging, insinuating that USOC and Russian Federation struck a deal to ensure Russian victory in Team and Pairs, U.S. victory in Dance.
2. Although most would not question the placements (except some in dance..debateable), the margin of victories and protocols caught the attention of many in the skating world.
In hindsight, V/T could have made errors and still beaten a clean S/S.
D/W could have made errors and still beaten clean V/M.
3. Neither side was competitive in the men's competition.
4. In the ladies competition, the two Russian skaters have been accused of unreal scores. But lost in this debate is that U.S. skater Gracie Gold also received questionable scoring. Previously thought unable to score above 120s clean, she fell on her ass in the Olympics and still scored 136. Julia fell and stepped out and still scored 135.
The results suggest American and Russian cooperation throughout the entire games, which reached the most intense point during the disputed ladies competition. Scott Hamilton, USFS insider and commentator on NBC, seemed to hedge his commentary all week, to the point where a nuanced ear could pick up signs that something was afoot. In the end, the protocols indicate that the Russians would have finished 1-2 had they gone clean -- no matter what any other skater would have done -- and Gracie would have beaten at least Caro and possibly Yuna as well.
While British, Canadian, German, Italian tv etc. called the results outrageous, NBC was very careful to spread propaganda that the results were justified. Tara Lipinski even said "Yuna didn't bring any guts" to the competition during the late night broadcast. Having worked in the broadcast field, it happens that talking points and storylines are discussed during production meetings, that higher ups at NBC and USFSA would have passed onto the announcers, including Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic, Tara Lipinski, and Johnny Weir. Sandra Bezic has long been in Yuna Kim's corner, but rather than make an outrage at the results as she did in 2002, she merely said "I prefer Yuna, but others will have their own opinion". A cop-out to hedge her loyalties both ways...while the others all showed clear bias towards certain skaters and certain outcomes.