BEIJING (AP) — The latest news on the Beijing Winter Olympics:
Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva will be cleared to compete for a second Winter Olympics gold medal despite failing a drug test ahead of the Games.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Monday that 15-year-old Valieva, a favorite for women’s individual gold, did not need to be provisionally suspended before a full hearing into her positive test for the heart medication trimetazidine. The positive test was on December 25.
The Russian team can still aim for the first sweep of the podium in women’s figure skating in Olympic history. The event begins with the short program on Tuesday and ends Thursday with the free skate. Valieva is the favorite to win gold.
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The ruling is solely on whether Valieva can continue skating before her case is resolved. This does not decide the fate of the only gold medal she has already won.
Olympic champion Jamie Anderson says life in Beijing’s pandemic bubble has been hard on her mental health, leaving her “a bit exhausted” and “excited to go home”.
The American snowboarder failed to qualify for the women’s big air final on Monday. She said the Beijing Games were an exhausting chore for her and her teammates.
“We’ve been here so long and I feel like our whole crew is right on top,” Anderson said. “Barely hung by a lock of hair. Just like, tired of the food, homesick, tired of the pressure.
Anderson, 31, came to China as a two-time defending slopestyle champion and won big air silver at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. She finished ninth trying to defend her slopestyle titles last week, then said on Instagram that she “couldn’t take the pressure” and that “her sanity and clarity were just not up to par”.
Anderson says she’s not ready to retire, but she’s unsure what’s next for her in competitive snowboarding. She plans to take some time off and ride free, then reset and see how she feels.
The International Olympic Committee has said it wants the entire doping investigation into Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva to be completed during the Olympics.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport is expected to announce on Monday afternoon Beijing time whether Valieva can compete in the women’s figure skating event which begins on Tuesday, where she would be one of the big favourites.
But they won’t decide now if Valieva is guilty of doping, or if the Russian skaters can keep the team gold medal they won with Valieva’s help. These questions will be answered in a separate investigation by the Russian anti-doping agency.
Valieva is the hot favorite for gold if CAS lets her compete in the individual competition despite testing positive for doping ahead of the Olympics. This was only revealed last week after taking part in the tag team competition.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said he wanted all legal issues to be “settled once and for all before the start of this competition”.
Adams says the parties — which include the IOC, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian team — couldn’t agree on a process.
Adams says “this is a deeply concerning situation for us and of course for all athletes” involved.
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France broke their own ice dancing world record to win the Olympic gold medal that narrowly eluded them four years ago in Pyeongchang.
The last figure skaters on the ice for the free dance, Papadakis and Cizeron scored 136.15 points to “Elegie” by early 20th-century French composer Gabriel Faure.
This gave them 226.98 points, beating their previous mark of 226.61 set at the 2019 NHK Trophy in Japan. It was enough to hold Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov.
The Russian world champions won silver with 220.51 points while the American duo of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue took bronze at their last Olympics. Both have already announced their intention to retire.
Another pair of Americans, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, finished fourth.
Eileen Gu qualified for the slopestyle finals in freestyle skiing. She overcame a number of bobbles in her first qualifying race to pull off a strong second trip up the mountain and secure her place in the top 12.
The 18-year-old American-born freestyler competes for her mother’s home country of China at the Beijing Games. She won gold in the big air last week and will also compete in the halfpipe contest later this week.
As Gu waited for her score after the second set, she stood in the back and ate a dumpling. Then she rushed to the halfpipe, where practice had started about an hour earlier.
The slopestyle final is set for Tuesday.
Kaillie Humphries won a third Olympic gold medal, and her first for the United States
The former Canadian bobsledder easily won the first women’s monobob event. It is the first slippery medal for the United States in seven events so far — the others being four in luge and two in skeleton — at the Beijing Games.
Elana Meyers Taylor of the US, was second. It was the fourth medal of Meyers Taylor’s career, the most won by anyone in the history of American bobsledding.
Humphries now has four medals as well, the first three for Canada. She started dragging for the United States in 2019 and obtained her citizenship in December. This allowed him to represent the United States in Beijing.
Canada’s Christine de Bruin won bronze.
Canadian forward Melodie Daoust is back in the lineup for the women’s hockey semi-final against Switzerland at the Beijing Olympics.
Daoust missed four games after being sidelined with an upper-body injury sustained in the second period of a 12-1 preliminary round win over Switzerland. She is in the pre-game semi-final and returned to her familiar spot on Canada’s second line alongside center Sarah Fillier and wing Natalie Spooner.
Canada entered the playoffs as the top seed in the Olympic tournament and are looking to play their seventh consecutive gold medal game on Thursday.
For Switzerland, striker Lisa Ruedi returns after missing out on a 4-2 quarter-final win over the Russian side while spending two days in COVID-19 isolation. The Swiss team paid tribute to him during the game by hanging his No.12 shirt behind his bench.
Defending Olympic champion USA will face Finland in the other semifinal later on Monday.
Slopestyle silver medalist Julia Marino of the United States has dropped out of the Olympic big air snowboard competition after a fall in practice.
Marino, 24, was expected to jump 23rd in the field of 30 snowboarders in qualifying on Monday, just ahead of 2018 gold medalist Anna Gasser of Austria. It was a surprise when she didn’t appear.
The USA Snowboard Team said in a statement that Marino fell during practice a few days ago and that they “put his health first.”
Marino’s scratch seems to have been a late decision. The Connecticut resident shared a video of herself training at Big Air Shougang on Instagram about 12 hours before qualifying began, encouraging followers to tune in.
The embattled coach of Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, whose Olympic future will be announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport later on Monday, showed up to watch his daughter compete in the ice dance competition in Beijing.
Eteri Tutberidze stood against the wall in a discreet corner of the Capital Indoor Stadium to watch Diana Davis compete against partner Gleb Smolkin in the free dance. Davis and Smolkin finished well out of the medal chase.
Tutberidze has come under fire after Valieva’s December drug test was reported last week for traces of a banned heart medication. The matter was referred to CAS, which met for around 5.5 hours in a Beijing hotel late on Sunday to decide whether to allow the 15-year-old gold medal favorite to participate in the women’s competition starting Tuesday evening.
Their decision is expected on Monday afternoon in Beijing, just when Valieva is due to train.
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