I believe the thought process/theory was that Didier G wanted to guarantee French gold in ice dance, so he was willing to trade support... "our pairs judge will support B/S if Russia throws its support in dance behind A/P." Plus, there were supposed links between Marina Anissina's mother and the Russian mafia guy who was linked by the FBI. Details are a bit hazy, 20 years later, and I'm too lazy to go look it all up. Anyone with a better memory feel free to chime in.I am still kind of confused by the motive behind the vote trading in the Pairs and Ice Dance event.
The pairs event was up for grabs, with the Canadians coming in as World Champions (though they did win the title at home) and the Russians winning two years before. They truly did have contrasting styles.
But did people feel that Dance gold would go to anyone but the French? Their free dance in 2002 didn't have the impact or emotion as previous skates? Were Lobacheva/Averbuch real rivals over the years?
Was this all about gangsters and gambling or national pride or what?