Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, 2002 News

Canadian figure skaters, were belatedly awarded gold medals in the February Olympics after an investigation revealed the judging had been tainted. The pair delivered a flawless performance in the pairs long program but lost out to Russian skaters Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, who won the gold despite a number of errors in their presentation. After French judge Marie Reine Le Gougne admitted that she had been pressured to vote for the Russians as part of a vote-swapping arrangement, Salé and Pelletier traded in their silver medals for gold, thus sharing the top honor with Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze.

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