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Sochi Olympics TV: Did NBC cover the Sotnikova-Kim controversy well?
Sochi Olympics TV: Did NBC cover the Sotnikova-Kim controversy well?

A good controversy gets fans mad, but it also makes TV networks excited. When short-program leader Yuna Kim of South Korea skated a seemingly flawless performance Thursday in the women's figure-skating long program at the Sochi Olympics--but still lost the gold medal to challenger Adelina Sotnikova of Russia--NBC was in a prime position. If a beautiful performance is the bronze medal of figure-skating coverage, and a star-in-the-making is its silver, a good and juicy brouhaha is gold, the thing that keeps commentators occupied and viewers tuned in. But the challenging part is getting the controversy right, and NBC wobbled a bit, though it ultimately steadied the landing and...

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