Figure skater Ashley Wagner has lashed out at the sport's judging system having missed out on a Winter Olympics medal in Sochi.
The women's singles competition was won by Adelina Sotnikova despite the Russian appearing to put a trailing foot down during his free programme, while her compatriot Yulia Lipnitskaya fell twice but finished two places ahead of Wagner in fifth.
"I feel gypped," said Wagner, who avoided hitting the ice in both her short and free programmes.
"People don't want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean. It is confusing and we need to make it clear for you.
"To be completely honest, this sport needs fans and needs people who want to watch it. People do not want to watch a sport where they see someone skate lights out and they can't depend on that person to be the one who pulls through. People need to be held accountable."
Many felt that pre-Games favourite Kim Yu Na of South Korea was deserving of gold, and a news agency in her homeland said: "Experts, fans up in arms over Sochi figure skating judging. The final results left many experts scratching their heads."
Sotnikova herself shrugged off the controversy, adding: "Any questions are for the judges, not for me. I did my job. I gave a gift to Russia."
The International Olympic Committee has congratulated Sotnikova for her success and played down the controversy surrounding her triumph, stressing no official complaint has been about the result.
Asked by a reporter in Friday's IOC/Sochi 2014 medai briefing on Friday about talk of the result being pre-determined, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said: "I think you're maybe getting a little bit ahead of yourself.
"First off, we have to see if there is an official complaint, which would go to the ISU (International Skating Union).
"This is all hypothetical and I don't think that has happened yet - in fact, I'm certain there hasn't been any complaint.
"If there is one, then that would be the first step for it to go through. If there isn't a credible complaint, then we wouldn't take it any further.
"I saw some of it last night and I think Sotnikova's performance was agreed by many to be absolutely fantastic.
"I know the ISU has a pretty sophisticated judging system with safeguards in place.
"At this stage I think we are discussing purely hypothetical things and at the moment, my personal point of view would be to congratulate what was a fantastic performance - and I think Kim Yu Na did the same."