Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, right, Yuna Kim of South Korea, left, and Carolina Kostner of Italy (not seen) stand on the podium during the flower ceremony for the women's free skate figure skating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Sotnikova placed first, followed by Kim and Kostner.
(USA TODAY) SOCHI, Russia - Any complaints or protests over the women's figure skating event would be useless because they were not filed within the proper time limit.
Protests or complaints must be filed within 30 minutes of an event, according to International Skating Union rules. That would have meant by 11:30 p.m. Thursday for the women's event, and ISU spokeswoman Selina Vanier said nothing was received before the deadline -- or since.
"We haven't received any letter of protest or complaint or anything," ISU spokeswoman Selina Vanier said Saturday.
"All ISU members know the rules of protest," Vanier added. "That's something that's very clear to our members."
Adelina Sotnikova's upset victory over 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim has prompted some questions over the judging in the event, with critics pointing to a judging panel that included the wife wife of the former president of Russia's skating federation. The outrage is particularly fierce in South Korea, where Kim is so adored she's referred to as "Queen Yuna."
Almost 2 million people have signed a Change.org petition asking the ISU to investigate both the results of the competition and the judging system. International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said Saturday morning that South Korea had sent a "protest letter" over the women's event.
"But from what I understand, the letter wouldn't trigger any investigation," Adams said at the daily briefing with IOC and Sochi organizing committee officials. "It's a protest letter."
But Vanier said the ISU hadn't received any protest.
"We haven't received anything," she said.
Calls to Korean Olympic Committee spokesman M.K. Park were not answered.
Sotnikova's victory gave Russia its first Olympic title in women's figure skating. It also was Russia's third gold of the games, following victories in the team and pairs events.
Sotnikova won because her program was more difficult - she did one more triple jump than Kim, and more in combination.
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