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Meet the Princess of Wales who makes ridiculous ice skating accusation

Published: February 19, 2014, 6:10 am, by David Ramsey

VIRTUE AND MOIRVirtue and Moir, silver medalists

Meet Canadian journalist Rosie DiManno.

 Or maybe I should say meet the Princess of Wales.

DiManno insists, despite zero evidence, Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were robbed of gold in Olympic Ice Dance.

“The U.S. has never won an ice dance championship at the Olympics. Obviously, the judges have decided it’s time,” DiManno wrote in the Toronto Star after Virtue and Moir finished second in the short program. “If the fix is not in against Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, then I’m the Princess of Wales.”

 OK, so we’ll call you Princess.

 “I am not a homer and the written record at these Games will show that,” DiManno wrote. “But a quarter-century of covering the sport has taught me that figure skating can never be trusted and ice dancing is the worst culprit.”

 When you feel the need to write you are “not a homer” that means you are probably a homer.

 I have no problem with DiManno disagreeing with the judges verdict on Virtue and Moir. I do have a problem with her insisting – again, with zero evidence – that there is some kind of fix. If the judges were going to fix this one, wouldn’t those judges fix it in favor of, say, the Russians?

 DiManno is obviously a devoted fan of Virtue and Moir, and that’s fine.

“I was there when the Olympic journey began, world silver in Sweden in 2008. I was there when it probably ended with Olympic silver in 2014. It’s been my privilege. Here’s looking at you, Tessa and Scott,” she wrote.

Go ahead and admire all you want, but, please, Princess, collect evidence before talking about a “fix.”