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US calls alleged skating judging deal ‘categorically false’

SOCHI, Russia — From the country that created Skategate, the 2002 Salt Lake City judging scandal, comes a report that the Americans and Russians have arranged a deal that would help each other win an Olympic figure skating gold medal while blocking the Canadians.

L’Equipe, the French sporting daily, said Saturday that according to an unnamed Russian coach, a “proposed barter’’ would have the US support Russian skaters in the new team event that concludes Sunday night in exchange for the Russians aiding ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White in their quest to become the first US Olympic champions in the event.

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