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Central figure from Olympic figure skating judging scandal bids to be ISU president

Jamie Sale, David Pelletier, Anton Sikharulidze, Elena Berezhnaya,

17 Feb 2002: Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada alongside Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze of Russia on the podium after the IOC decide to award two golds in the Pairs Figure Skating based on the recommendation of the ISU Council at the Salt Lake Ice Center during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

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PARIS (AP) -- Didier Gailhaguet, a central figure in the judging scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, is bidding for the International Skating Union’s presidency.

The French federation president pledged to transform the ISU ''to bring it into the modern age’’ if he succeeds Ottavio Cinquanta, who will step down in 2016.

At the Salt Lake City Games, Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze won the pairs title before Gailhaguet was accused by French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne of pressuring her to put the Russians ahead of Canada’s Jamie Sale and David Pelletier. She later retracted the accusation but the International Olympic Committee awarded the Canadians duplicate gold medals.

The ISU suspended Le Gougne and Gailhaguet for three years in April 2002, and banned them from the 2006 Olympics.

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