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Winter Olympics: American figure skating team offered torches, not silver medals, amid Kamila Valieva drama

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While the doping case against ROC member Kamila Valieva is being resolved, the US Olympic figure skating team has been offered torches instead of silver medals. It is reported by the Associated Press on Thursday.. The awards ceremony for the figure skating team event has yet to take place as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled that the awards ceremony involving Valieva will not take place until her case is fully resolved.

Valieva, 15, was confirmed Friday to have tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine in December. She was still allowed to compete due to allegations of doping. The figure skating team competition was won by ROC, but due to Valieva being on the team, the awards ceremony was postponed.

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The Associated Press reported that while the US waited for the results and then their medals (whether silver or gold), IOC President Thomas Bach gave them the torches as a gift. It is unknown if Team USA accepted the torches.

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The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee confirmed that Bach’s meeting with the US team skaters took place, but said“the content of this discussion must remain between them.”

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Valieva landed a quad jump in the team event final that had never been done in the Olympics and it helped ROC finish first. But just days later, the International Testing Agency (ITA) announced that she had tested positive for a banned substance in December while competing in Russia’s national championships.

She was banned by the Russian anti-doping agency, the ban was lifted after an appeal, then the IOC challenged the lifting of the ban. The Court of Arbitration for Sport allowed her to participate, upholding the decision to lift the ban.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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