Have you caught Olympic fever but? I’ve. And in between rounds of devastation for Mikaela Shiffrin, there’s been stuff to cheer for. Like the return of the Jamaican bobsled staff, Shaun White’s closing Olympics, and Stefania Constantini’s superb efficiency netting Italy its first curling gold medal.
There was additionally the breathtaking second when, standing on the shoulders of Surya Bonaly, Russian ice skater Kamila Valieva turned the primary lady to land a quad leap in Olympic historical past in the course of the staff competitors. In that staff competitors, the Russian Olympic Committee — not “Russia” since there was that entire large state-sponsored doping program factor — delivered a dominant efficiency, with the United States taking silver and Japan the bronze. Though we all know the outcomes, the precise, formal medal ceremony has been delayed and it’s all due to a authorized matter.
As reported by NBC News:
But IOC spokesman Mark Adams advised a information convention Wednesday that “a situation arose” at brief discover which requires a “legal consultation” with the International Skating Union, the governing physique of skating. No additional data was supplied.
But USA Today studies some extra particulars, particularly that an as of but unidentified member of Team ROC has a optimistic drug check. You know, the very situation that prompted them to be often known as the ROC as a substitute of Russia. The members of that staff are girls’s ice skater Kamila Valieva, 15; males’s competitor Mark Kondratiuk, 18; pairs skaters Anastasia Mishina, 20, and Aleksandr Galliamov, 22; and ice dancers Victoria Sinitsina, 26, and Nikita Katsalapov, 30.
And although Adams would love the authorized situation to be resolved, saying, “We have athletes and athletes that have won medals involved. We will be doing our level utmost to make sure it is resolved as quickly as possible.” He’s additionally a realist, “as you know, legal issues can sometimes drag on.” Which is essentially the most lawyerly response to all the mess.
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