Going for the Gold Again...
By dave
22-year-old Russian rhythmic gymnast and Sydney Olympics gold medallist Vera Shimanskaya has been accused of teaming up with a professional cheat called Ladislav Luvev, apparently helping him mark cards at casinos across Spain. A judge has remanded her in custody.

The couple were arrested at Monte Picayo casino at Pucol, near Valencia, after CCTV allegedly caught them cheating at poker, winning less than €6,000 (£4,100). Spain's El Mundo newspaper reported yesterday that casinos had been warned about the pair's methods, which involved marking cards.

Police said the two were 'highly professional'. When arrested, the gymnast claimed her gold medal “meant she could not be suspected of any crimes”, which would be a laughable defense as it is - never mind that we’re still trying to remember what ‘rhythmic gymnastics’ is...

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