It is now the hug seen 'round the world. When Russian Adelina Sotnikova dramatically ran through the hallways of the Iceberg Skating Palace after winning gold, searching for family and friends with whom to celebrate, cameras caught her hugging and receiving warm congratulations from many people, including a woman who had just been judging the event minutes before, Russian Alla Shekhovtsova (circled above in red).
The captured moment only fueled more fury over the results of the women’s figure skating Olympic competition, when Sotnikova beat out the heavy favorite, South Korea’s Yuna Kim, for gold. Images of the embrace blew up on social media.
It didn't take long for people to accuse the judges of favoritism for its home competitors, when Kim, who skated undeniably beautifully, brought home silver instead of gold. Fans went so far as to create a petition on Change.org, with more than 1.5 million people, demanding "rejudgement."
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