Russia won the figure skating title, but Kamila Valieva finished fourth

Valieva’s drug case continues.

She was found to have the banned heart drug trimetazidine in her system a few weeks before the Olympics. Then, according to documents from her hearing with the arbitrators this week, it was found that Valieva had two other drugs in her system. Both of these are used by athletes to increase endurance but are not banned.

Valieva was cleared to compete in the women’s individual event just a day before it kicked off with a short show on Tuesday.

According to an interview on Channel One, Russia’s state broadcaster, she said she didn’t sleep at all on Sunday night after spending seven hours in a hearing with an arbitration panel about the she participates in these Olympics. In the end, the panel decided that banning her from the competition would cause “irreparable harm”.

“I’m happy but emotionally I’m tired, so this is a happy tear, I think, mixed with a bit of grief,” she told Channel One. “But I’m definitely happy to be at the Olympic Games and trying to represent our country, and I hope I’ll be completely focused and show my results.”

This has been her goal since she was just a young girl growing up in Kazan, a city about 450 miles east of Moscow. And that’s what she considered possible even in her early years of skating as she rose rapidly in the sport, pegged as a matter of course.

Years ago, a tiny Valieva in a tiny white outfit, walked straight out of “Swan Lake”, glided across the rink, performed tiny jumps and moved her body with a soft arm position. soft and stretchy dancer’s legs. Even at that age, she moved with the music so fluidly that the notes seemed to be programmed into her DNA.

But on Thursday, she was another Kamila Valieva, whose name will forever be synonymous with one of the biggest doping controversies in Olympic history – the complete opposite of a little girl’s dreams. . Russia won the figure skating title, but Kamila Valieva finished fourth

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