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Valieva Tumbles Out Of The Medals In Olympic Figure Skating

Feb 17, 2022, 8:13 AM
Kamila Valieva of Team ROC - Beijing 2022...
Kamila Valieva of Team ROC skates during a figure skating training session on day eight of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium practice rink on February 12, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

BEIJING (AP) — Bing Dwen Dwen stuffed pandas are already in the hands of the top three finishers in the women’s figure skating competition at the Beijing Olympics.

The medals are coming Friday. Heavily favored Russian teen Kamila Valieva fell twice and had two other big mistakes in her free skate to drop to fourth place.

That allowed the International Olympic Committee to avoid what could have been one of the most awkward moments in the history of the Games.

Valieva was permitted to skate despite failing a doping test before the Olympics.

She was the leader after the short program but faltered badly in the free skate.

Russian teammate Anna Shcherbakova won the gold medal.

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Just a year after Japan’s summer Olympics, the Games are back for a winter show in Beijing, China. The unusually short gap between Games is due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Strict precautions and enforced virus prevention protocol are in place to help keep athletes, coaches and personnel safe. 

Beijing is the capital of China, with a population of more than 20 million people and the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympic games. It is one of the largest cities in the world and 15 hours ahead of Mountain Time. There are 13 different venues in and around Beijing that will be used for the Winter Olympics. A total of 109 events will be held in 15 different sports, and there will be a lot of Utah locals competing for medals. Keep up to date with them at our Olympic headquarters.

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