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the South Korean coaches claim they did protest during the meet, and were told they'd have to wait and file a protest afterward. Then afterward, they were told it was too late.

From what I have read, they do have a legitimate complaint. But no, they did not try to protest during the meet and get told to wait. Even if someone said those words (which I doubt), no coach with any exerience whatsoever would buy that line. Seriously, these are not coaches that were randomly pulled off the street. They have been at international competition before. They have been to the Olympics before. It isn't like the "protest right away" rule is brand new this year or just for the Olympics either. It is standard operating procedure. Heck, most protests are filed within one minute of a score being shown. Corrected scores are frequently flashed before the next event starts. I'm guessing that the coach simply didn't notice right away and someone pointed it out later.

(I did think that the article was a little harsh on the point of the S. Kor. team though. But they really should have caught it earlier. And I think Paul Hamm did a great job of not taking sides and being a good sport in his interview after event finals.)

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