In a Friday statement, the Korean Olympic Committee and Korean skating federation called the judging of Kim "unreasonable and unfair."
The complaint alleges violations of the IOC Code of Ethics, based on the presence of two particular judges on the panel for the free skate and on "suspicions of bias by other judges."
In what is supposed to be a blind draw for judges, four of the nine changed between the short program and the free skate.
Two of the new judges sparked controversy because of their backgrounds. Both are identified by name in the Korean statement.
One was Alla Shekhovtseva, wife of Valentin Piseev, former president of the Russian Figure Skating Federation and its current general director. Another, Yuri Balkov of Ukraine, was suspended for one year for being part of a result-fixing affair in 1998.
The Korean statement mentions that Shekhovtseva was seen hugging Sotnikova soon after the victory ceremony at the Iceberg Arena.
In an exclusive interview with the Tribune one day after the women's final, ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta of Italy defended the presence of both Shekhovtseva and Balkov.
“Would you rather have an idiot acting as a judge than a good one who is a relative of the manager of a federation?” Cinquanta said. “It is far more important to have a good judge than a possible conflict of interest.
“I can’t suspend a person for life for a minor violation. (Balkov) is a matter for the Ukraine federation because they chose to send him.”