Russian Figure Skater Valieva Leads After the Short Program at the Beijing Olympics
For her performance, the athlete received 82.16 points. The second is Anna Shcherbakova (80.20), the third is Japanese Kaori Sakamoto (79.84). Another Russian Alexandra Trusova (74.60) is in fourth place.
Free skaters will present on February 17.
Valieva is 15 years old, she is the current champion of Russia and Europe, the athlete holds world records in both types of the program and in terms of total points. Shcherbakova is 17 years old, she is the current world champion. 17-year-old Trusova is the bronze medalist of the World Championships, she also has two bronze medals of the European Championships.
On Friday, the International Doping Testing Agency (ITA) reported that Valieva's December 25, 2021 doping test tested positive for trimetazidine. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), despite the appeals of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Skating Union (ISU) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), allowed Valieva to the personal tournament of the Games in Beijing. However, the IOC stated that if Valieva gets on the podium, the awards ceremony will not be held. The trial against the athlete will continue.