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U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team Awarded Gold Medals After Valieva's Disqualification

Members of the U.S. Olympic figure skating team awarded gold medals after Valieva's disqualification for doping at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

Landon Morton
Feb 02, 2024720 Shares23215 Views
Members of the U.S. Olympic figure skating team awarded gold medals after Valieva's disqualificationfor doping at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) received confirmation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the gold would be awarded to the American team for the team competition.

Turmoil Surrounding Valieva's Positive Test

The team competition faced turmoil when Valieva's positive test from six weeks before the competition was disclosed.
In an email to the USOPC, the IOC stated that it is now in a position to award the medals in accordance with the standings set by the International Skating Union, the event's governing body.
Expressing sympathy for the athletes who endured a two-year wait for the final results, the IOC assured a dignified Olympic medal ceremony. CEO Sarah Hirshland of the USOPC confirmed the news of the American team's victory.
Kamila Valieva competes during the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva competes during the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Uncertainty Surrounding Silver And Bronze Medals

While the gold medal position is clarified, uncertainty lingers regarding the silver and bronze medals. With Japan likely to move to second place, the interpretation of scoring rules will determine if Russia retains third place, potentially ahead of Canada, even after deducting Valieva's points.
The U.S. skaters set to receive the gold medals include Evan Bates, Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Zachary Donohue, Brandon Frazier, Madison Hubbell, Alexa Knierim, and Vincent Zhou.
I think two years is too long for this decision to be made, and we may never know why it has taken this long. We’re just looking forward to getting some closure after a long waiting period.- Evan Bates, the U.S. skater
The journey has been long and challenging for everyone involved. Last summer, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum displayed empty boxes meant to contain the medals that were never awarded in Beijing. Skating's world championships in Montreal in March might offer a suitable venue for a medal ceremony.

Valieva's Empty-Handed Outcome

In contrast to the American team's joy, Valieva faces disappointment as the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned the Russian skater for four years.
The decision vacates Valieva's results, ending just before the next Winter Games in Italy. The Russian authorities criticized the ruling, labeling it as politicized.
The case sparked legal chaos, with multiple appeals and hearings stretching over nearly two years. Despite a Russian sports tribunal initially clearing Valieva, the World Anti-Doping Agency requested her disqualification, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld their request.
After Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the International Skating Federation barred Russians from international competitions. Valieva, now 18, has continued skating on the national circuit, facing defeat from younger Russians in her coach Eteri Tutberidze's training group.

Final Words

The U.S. Olympic figure skating team has been awarded gold medals after Russian skater Kamila Valieva was disqualified for doping at the 2022 Winter Games.
However, uncertainties remain regarding the silver and bronze medals, as Valieva faces a four-year ban and continues to face legal complexities and ongoing appeals.
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