Are The 2022 Winter Olympics Tainted Because Of Russian Figure Skating Scandal?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Team USA is speaking out about not receiving their medals in the team figure skating, despite placing second. They can’t get their medals until the doping scandal surrounding Russian Kamila Valieva is sorted out. The Russian team, which included Valieva, placed first in the team event, and the U.S. placed second. There is also a question if the Russian team will be disqualified, and Team USA moves up to gold, because of Valieva.
Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee ruled that no medal ceremony that included Valieva would occur until the doping scandal is resolved. Last week, it was confirmed 15-year-old Kamila Valieva, tested positive for a banned substance, but she was still allowed to compete despite the doping accusations.
Olympic Games Beijing 2022 American ice dancer Madison Hubbell says, “I don’t think that it’s fair to any of the athletes who medaled, that we have to forgo that Olympic moment standing, standing on the medal stand, and it is, it’s hard to go home empty handed. We have our empty metal box waiting in our room and we have no answer as to what the timeline could be for that issue to be resolved.”
Instead of medals, the Olympic athletes who have medaled have been offered Olympic torches as placeholders.
Our question of the night: are this year’s Winter Olympic games tainted?
This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB Sports anchor Zach Aldridge
WCCB News Edge contributor and host of Live With The QCB, Tremaine “QCB” Sloan