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Past Scores Reveal Stark Split In Ice Dance Judging

The rivalry between Canada and France dominates the sport — both on the ice and in the judge’s box, where judges view their home-country skaters in widely divergent ways. As other judges choose sides, will that split determine who goes home with the gold?

Top-Level Figure Skating Judges Consistently Favor Skaters From Their Home Countries. Now Many Of Those Judges Are At The Olympics.

At the top levels of the sport, judges give higher marks to figure skaters from their own countries, a BuzzFeed News data analysis has shown — in some cases, affecting the final results. And 16 of the judges who most consistently gave a boost to their own country’s skaters will be in Pyeongchang this week, deciding the course of Olympic history.

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