The Games were beset by controversy in the pairs figure skating competition. Russians Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze beat Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier in a head-scratching judges decision given the Russians' flawed free skate. For the 11th straight time, a Soviet or Russian duo won pairs gold. Amid public outcry over the results, scrutiny fell on French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne. Le Gougne was one of the judges who voted the Russians over the Canadians for gold. Reports came out that Le Gougne was pressured to favor the Russians in return for boosting a French ice dance couple later in the Games. Sale and Pelletier were elevated to gold in a second medal ceremony.