The International Olympic Committee has quietly deleted fabricated quotes from Korean figure skating star Kim Yu-na that appeared to downplay controversy over judging irregularities at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
The IOC published an article with the implausible quotes on its official website on March 6, focusing on figure skaters from the Innsbruck Youth Winter Olympics who won medals in Sochi.
One skater in focus was Russian gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova. The IOC claimed Kim had been "magnanimous in defeat" after a highly dubious judging decision in Sochi put her in second place.
"She put on a great show. She's a highly technical skater and was difficult to beat tonight," the piece quoted Kim as saying. "We both battled for gold tonight, but she managed to come out on top."
But Kim had said no such thing, according to her management agency All That Sports. "Kim Yu-na never made such comments to an IOC official or any other," it said. "We have officially asked the IOC communications team to amend the text."
Meanwhile, Sotnikova has no plans to compete in the World Championships in Saitama, Japan in late March, despite saying her next goal after her surprise gold in Sochi was to win that event.
Russia registered Yulia Lipnitskaya and another skater, but Sotnikova features only as a back-up player.