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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Cries Foul Over Freestyle Skiing Result

APKoroleva completing a jump during the aerials final in Park City on Monday.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Russia has sent a letter of protest to the head of the International Ski Federation, claiming that biased judging denied freestyle skier Olga Koroleva an Olympic gold medal in the women's aerials event Monday.

Koroleva was leading after the first jump of the final but had a low score in the second and was edged out of the medals, finishing fourth.

Australia's Alisa Camplin won the gold, with two Canadians, Veronica Brenner and Deidra Dionne, taking silver and bronze.

"She [Koroleva] definitely could have won today, if not the gold, then at least silver or bronze, if it wasn't for the biased judges," Russian Olympic Committee spokesman Gennady Shvets told reporters.

Lev Kofman, the president of the Russian freestyle skiing federation, echoed him.

"Such biased judging can only diminish the popularity of our sport, as athletes will lose the desire to compete," Kofman said.

Shvets said an official protest could follow once the Russians had examined all the facts.

"The American and Canadian media have staged a smear campaign against Russian athletes from day one at these Winter Olympics," he added.

"They were behind the attempt to take away our gold medal in figure skating, now we have another scandal.

"If we don't stop this campaign now I don't know where we will end up."