Figure Skating

Didier Gailhaguet wants to be ISU president

Didier Gailhaguet, a central figure in the judging scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics involving Canada's Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, is bidding for the International Skating Union's presidency.

Will the man accused in the 2002 Olympics figure skating scandal become the sport's president?

Canada's Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, left, initially placed second to Russia's Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze in the pairs event in Salt Lake City before receiving duplicate gold medals when judging irregularities were exposed. (Doug Mills/Associated Press)

Didier Gailhaguet, a central figure in the judging scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, is bidding for the International Skating Union's presidency.

The French federation president pledged to transform the ISU "to bring it into the modern age" if he succeeds Ottavio Cinquanta, who will step down in 2016.

At the Salt Lake City Games, Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze won the pairs title before Gailhaguet was accused by French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne of pressuring her to put the Russians ahead of Canada's Jamie Sale and David Pelletier.

She later retracted the accusation but the International Olympic Committee awarded the Canadians duplicate gold medals.

The ISU suspended Le Gougne and Gailhaguet for three years in April 2002, and banned them from the 2006 Turin Olympics.

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