At Salt Lake City's 2002 Olympics, Canadians and reigning world champs Jamie Sale and David Pelletier performed flawlessly in a free skate set to the theme from Love Story. Despite the crowd's chants of "six! six!" calls for a perfect score the pair still took the second spot on the podium. The win went to Russians Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, who become their nation's eleventh consecutive pairs skating gold medalists despite a glaring technical error.
The press backlash was swift, and by early the next morning, the nine judges and two referees were huddled in a windowless basement room of the Salt Lake Ice Center sealed in by tape to keep reporters out. By the time they emerged, French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne had admitted to voting for the Russians under pressure from the French skating federation. Officials moved quickly to limit the damage: at a ceremony held shortly after the competition, Sale and Pelletier were awarded a second set of gold medals. (The Russians kept theirs, too.) The scandal marked a low point in a sport long marred by tales of vote-swapping, judge-collusion and favoritism, and figure skating's image has yet to fully recover.