Court of Arbitration for Sport on Saturday refuse an attempt by 9 American figure skaters who are looking to claim a silver medal from the ill-fated team’s competition at the Beijing Olympics before they leave for China.
Figure skaters – Evan Bates, Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Zachary Donohue, Brandon Frazier, Madison Hubbell, Alexa Knierim and Vincent Zhou – have asked the court to order the IOC to award medals. in the team event, the results of the team have been in doubt for almost two weeks since a Russian skater, Kamila Valievawas found to have test positive for a banned drug.
A separate CAS table on Monday has allowed Valieva, 15, to continue playing in the Olympics despite her positive results, saying that the uncertainty about the final outcome of her doping case – which could lead to only being reprimanded because of her age – meant she will face “irreparable harm” if she is banned from competition.
American skaters have been looking for a ruling that could overturn, at least for them, the IOC’s decision. don’t award any medals in any event where Valieva made the top three. That decision ultimately applies only to the team competition; Valieva, having finished skating, went on to finish fourth in the women’s singles, broken in the long program amid a swirl of accusations, allusions, and pressure.
The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee was not a party to the application, the court dismissed it with a single conviction.
“The decision of the IOC Executive Board on February 14, 2022 not to hold the medal ceremony for the figure skating team event within the framework of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022,” said three referees panel written by the court.
The court said the panel would publish a fuller explanation of its decision in the coming days, presumably well after Sunday’s closing ceremony. By then, the Americans – and the rest of the Olympic athletes – will be on their way home.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/19/sports/olympics/us-figure-skating-appeal-medals.html A panel of judges denied US figure skaters seeking their silver medals from the team event.