Figure skating judging still gets it wrong 

February, 23, 2010
02/23/10
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Have you noticed something odd about the figure skating results in the Olympics? There are no individual judges' scores!

We know how skaters rate overall and on each element of their programs. Evan Lysacek beat Evgeni Plushenko by 1.31 total points, for example, and you can see the results in painstaking detail here (click on "Judges details per skater").

But as the women's competition kicks off tonight, how do we know their composite scores won't be the product of corruption, or, even more bizarrely, random chance?

Unfortunately, we don't.

Peter Keating

ESPN Senior Writer
Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. His column, The Numbers, appears in every issue.
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