Adam Rippon tears apart Russian Olympic doping scandal with 2 scathing words

Former US figure skater Adam Rippon on Monday called the women’s figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics a “complete joke” following the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to allow Russia’s Kamila Valieva to compete despite a failed drug test.

‘Fuck this,’ a furious Rippon tweeted in a lengthy thread calling for 15-year-old Valieva to be sent home and banned from the Games, while showing empathy for the teenager for being caught up in the scandal. doping in Russia which saw its athletes banned from competing under their own flag in Beijing.

“All other athletes in this competition are having their entire Olympic experience altered to accommodate an athlete with a FAILED test,” wrote Rippon, who won bronze in Pyeongchang in 2018 and is coaching US figure skater Mariah Bell at the Games. “The whole ROC shouldn’t be here. They exploited a child for results and continue to cheat without facing the consequences.

“None of this is fair,” he continued. “You can be heartbroken for this 15 year old girl and at the same time be heartbroken that all the other skaters in this event will have to compete knowing that the competition is not clean.”

On Monday, the International Olympic Committee said it would be “not appropriate” to hold a medal ceremony for the event if Valieva wins a medal.

“I’m so angry,” Rippon said. “Tomorrow’s women’s event is a complete joke. It’s not a real competition and there probably won’t even be a medal ceremony. So much Olympic experience stolen from clean athletes who made it here without the aid of performance-enhancing drugs. It’s a shame.”

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