Russian gold medal hopeful ice skater tests positive for performance enhancing drugs

A fifteen year old Olympic medal favorite figure skater from the Russian Olympic Committee reportedly tested positive for a performance enhancing drug prior to the Beijing games.

Reports surfaced this week that Russian Olympic figure skating gold medal contender Kamila Valieva tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug that increases endurance, but her Olympic future is still unclear after she came to a scheduled practice on Thursday in spite of the positive test.

Russian newspaper RBC reported this week that the teen had tested positive for trimetazidine, a drug used to prevent angina and treat vertigo. The drug can also improve blood flow and increase stamina, which is why it is banned for Olympic athletes.

In 2014, Chinese swimming star Sun Yang tested positive for the drug and received a three-month ban, and Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva was disqualified from the Games in 2018 after a positive test.

It is unclear whether Valieva will be allowed to continue in Olympic competition, as she was seen practicing her routine with her coaches on Thursday as scheduled. The only statement from the Russian figure skating federation so far has been from a spokeswoman, who said simply, “She is not suspended.”

Russia is already banned from competing under its own flag after a massive state-sponsored athlete-doping scandal was uncovered during the 2014 Sochi Games. Russian athletes now compete as members of the Russian Olympic Committee.




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