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Beijing Winter Olympics: Kamila Valieva cleared of competing, but no ceremony if she wins medal

The IOC announced that Kamila Valieva can continue her Olympics campaign but there will be no medal ceremony if she finishes in the top three in the Women’s Singles Figure Skating at the Beijing Olympics. 

Kamila Valieva

Kamila Valieva is the favourite to win the singles event but she has not been cleared of doping and could still face punishment at a later date. The court gave her a favourable decision as she is a minor and is subject to different rules from an adult athlete. The IOC said that if Valieva finishes in the top three, there will be no medal ceremony during the Games. This means that the fourth-place finisher will have a good chance to move into the podium if the Russian athlete is later proven of doping.

Kaillie Humphries

The other events on Day 10 at the Beijing Winter Olympics went on smoothly. Kaillie Humphries of the United States won the historic gold medal in Women’s Monobob. This is Humphries’ first medal representing the US as formerly she won two Olympic gold representing Canada. Elana Meyers Taylor of the U.S. was second and Christine de Bruin of Canada was third.

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won gold in Figure Skating Ice Dance with a world record at the Beijing Olympics. The French duo, whose wardrobe malfunction had cost them the title four years ago in Pyeongchang, skated to the dramatic piano and cello music of Gabriel Faure’s Elegie.

Xu Mengtao

Xu Mengtao won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in Women’s Freestyle Skiing Aerials for China by scoring a whopping 108.61 points in the final. Hanna Huskova of Belarus took silver with 107.95 points, while Megan Nick of the U.S. claimed bronze with 93.76 points.

Austria Team

Austria won Olympic gold in the Men’s Team Ski Jumping, four years after failing to even earn a medal in the event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Manuel Fettner, Stefan Kraft, Daniel Huber and Jan Hoerl combined to score 942.7 points, beating Slovenia by 8.3 points. Germany won bronze without two-time gold medalist Andreas Wellinger in its lineup because he tested positive for COVID-19.

 

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