Beijing: American figure skaters failed an 11-hour court bid to win a silver medal at an event for the Beijing Olympic team yesterday after being suspended due to a doping scandal by Camilla Barrieva. Skaters challenged the International Olympic Committee’s decision not to award medals until the case of a 15-year-old Russian was investigated.
However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement that it “decided to reject the application” after a hearing prepared in a hurry 24 hours before Sunday’s closing ceremony. “As a result, the IOC Executive Committee’s decision … has decided not to hold a medal ceremony for the figure skating team’s event during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics,” the statement added. This is the first time in the history of the Olympic Games that an event medal has not been awarded.
Team members in the United States include Nathan Chen, who was also an individual gold medalist. Balieva played a leading role in helping the Russian Olympic Committee win the team title early in the Beijing Olympics. Americans were second, Japan was third, and Canada was fourth. The Russians were informed that the banned substance was positive in December the day after the end of the team event, but CAS decided that they could continue to participate in the Olympic single event.
It does not reveal her doping and she faces further investigation. The IOC has stated that team event medals cannot be awarded until the process has completed the course. After finishing fourth in individual events, Valieva returned to Russia with the welcome of a hero. She was expected to win a singles title, but her controversy surrounding her seemed to make her sacrifice when she fell several times during the routine.
She tested positive for trimetazidine, a drug used to treat angina, but it is banned from athletes because it can increase endurance. Balieva’s plight refocused on the IOC’s decision to allow Russian athletes at the Olympics and Russians who appear to have removed doping. They are participating in Beijing under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee. This is because Russia as a country has imposed a two-year ban as a punishment for state-sponsored doping programs.
China’s ninth gold
Separately, the Chinese pair Sui Wenjing and Han Cong won a gold medal at a figure skating pair event, set a new world record and enthusiastic home spectators. They defeated the Russian pair Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov with only 0.63 points, while another Russian duo Anastasia Mishina and Alexander Galliamov won the bronze medal.
By winning his ninth gold medal at the host country’s tournament, he was third on the medal table, ahead of the United States, the Netherlands and Sweden. Norway is the top with 15 gold and Germany is 11th and 2nd. Strong winds postponed the last alpine skiing event at the tournament, putting the penultimate action on the bones in a dangerous situation. Her hope of ending the disappointing Olympics at a high price by US skistar Mikaela Shiffrin went off course with the forced return of mixed team parallels on Sunday.
However, it is expected that more wind will blow in Yanqing in northern Beijing on the final day, and if the race is canceled, it will be the second time in the history of the Winter Olympic Games that no event has been held during the Games. The last was a 10,000-meter speed skating event at the 1928 St. Moritz Game. Team Parallel is the last opportunity for Shiffrin, who won slalom gold in 2014 and 2018, to win a medal and leave China. Due to strong winds, the mass of 50 kg for men in cross-country skiing began to be reduced to 30 kg. The temperature in the mountains was -17 degrees Celsius (1.5 degrees Fahrenheit).
Kiwi goes against the elements
Nico Porteous went against the element of winning the second gold medal in New Zealand in the history of the Winter Olympics, ending his eight-year reign as David Wise’s freeski halfpipe champion in the United States. Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski Sinot gave New Zealand the first Winter Olympic gold medal early in the tournament, and Pocious became two in his first run at Genting Snow Park.
The 20-year-old boy took the lead in the wild final, which was hit by a strong wind, but fell in the final run, causing bleeding from his ears and shoulder pain. He had already done enough to win, thanks to his first run score of 93.00, and he was given a congratulatory haka by his teammates. “In our sport, especially on days like today, it’s a game for everyone,” Porteous said. Belgium won the title of the Winter Olympics for the first time in 74 years when Slovakia won the bronze medal in men’s ice hockey, defeated Sweden 4-0 and Bart Swings won the gold medal in the men’s mass start speed skating. -AFP
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