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Turns Out Russian Skater Kamila Valieva Can Still Compete

Recently, Russian Skater Kamila Valieva failed the drug test to compete for the Olympics. She is now cleared to continue skating for the Olympics. This is because she is taking a drug for her heart medication and Valieva will be able to compete in the individual women’s skating competition Tuesday.

In last week’s performance, Valieva was able to land a perfect quadruple jump. She is the first woman who ever did this jump, leading her to win gold. The medal ceremony was on hiatus because the lab test in Sweden detected Valieva with traces of trimetazidine, which has been banned since 2014. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is waiting for an appeal on Valieva’s case which would take weeks to months depending on the results. If Russia becomes disqualified for this case, Team USA would win the medal with Team Japan rolling in silver. Russian figure skating coach Eteri Tutberidze assured that Valieva is innocent and she would not do anything to obstruct the games.

If she succeeds in the upcoming competitions, unfortunately, she will not receive any medals. Until her doping case is cleared out, Valieva won’t be taking any medals home along with her colleagues. Other athletes are upset because some of them have to follow these consequences when potentially she and other athletes have done nothing wrong. Former Olympic skater Adam Rippon said this is unfair because it strips all these competitors for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their talent to the world and yet get restricted from all this controversy. Valieva expressed, “These days have been very difficult for me, and I’ve run out of emotions.” Sha’Carri Richardson, the sprinter who competed for the Tokyo Olympics, was tested positive for marijuana, said that there was a difference in how she and Valieva were treated for being positive. In Richardson’s condition, she had marijuana to relieve the stress of the competition and her mother’s death.

At this time, Russian supporters believe that Valieva is innocent.


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