Kamila Valieva of Staff Russia made a number of pricey errors in the course of the ladies’s Free Skating occasion on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Video games in China on Wednesday.
The 15-year-old was favored to win the gold medal in ladies’s determine skating, however her “uncharacteristic” errors left her in fourth place. Beijing Olympics officers had mentioned they’d not maintain a medal ceremony if she got here in 1st by way of third place.
The visibly distraught teen buried her face in her arms and sobbed uncontrollably whereas being consoled by “Kiss & Cry” officers.
Her Russian teammate Anna Shcherbakova gained the gold within the free skating occasion.
Russian teammate Alexandra Trusova and Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto (who gained silver and bronze, respectively) each cried, whereas Shcherbakova stood alone for a number of minutes, uncertain of what to do.
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Valieva made headlines after she examined constructive for the banned coronary heart medication trimetazidine.
Trimetazidine is an anti-angina remedy that’s prescribed for chest ache attributable to lack of blood stream and oxygen to the center.
The drug is banned as a result of it offers athletes a bonus by elevating the center fee, thus growing blood stream and oxygen to the center muscle.
Valieva claimed the banned drug received into her system when she drank from the identical cup as her grandfather, who was prescribed the remedy.
Nevertheless, medical specialists instructed PEOPLE that it was “extremely unlikely” that the tiny quantity of remedy on her grandfather’s lips can be sufficient to get into her system and be detected by delicate lab tools.
Regardless of testing constructive for a performance-enhancing drug, Valieva was allowed to compete within the Beijing Olympics.
The Courtroom of Arbitration for sport, which cleared Valieva to compete, mentioned stopping the teenager from competing “would trigger her irreparable hurt” on account of her age.
However American monitor star Sha’Carri Richardson was unsympathetic. Richardson examined constructive for marijuana use and was banned from competing on the 2020 Summer time Olympic Video games in Tokyo (held in 2021 because of the pandemic).
Richardson, who’s Black, claimed a double commonplace and prompt the one distinction of their circumstances was the colour of her pores and skin.
Nevertheless, Mark Adams, the spokesman for the Worldwide Olympic Committee, insisted the 2 circumstances are very completely different.
“Each single case could be very completely different. [Richardson] examined constructive on June 19 (2021), fairly a method forward of the Tokyo Video games,” Adams mentioned. “Ms Richardson accepted a one month interval of ineligibility which started on June 28. I’d counsel that there is not an excessive amount of similarity between the 2 circumstances,” he added.