Olympics: The Skunks of Calgary

Only a loving relative of Debi Thomas' could insist that the judges treated her unfairly Saturday night, but that was not quite the case two days earlier. As Thomas finished her short program, she clapped her hands together in triumph. Then came the scores and the boos. Thomas' marks for technical merit were high, but her grades for artistic presentation were much lower than those for Katarina Witt. Alex McGowan, Thomas' coach, held his nose in disgust. Later, McGowan seemed to accuse the three judges from East bloc countries -- Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and Witt's native East Germany -- of...

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