Shiffrin back on the slope; Valieva patina

The off-ice drama is finally over and attention can now turn to the start of women’s figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

(Looking for a recap of Monday’s events? We’ve got you covered.)

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva was cleared to compete in the short program after a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. A test Valieva took two months ago was flagged for a banned heart drug, but CAS ruled that 15-year-old Valieva, a “protected athlete” because of her age, could compete.

Additionally, American skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who competed in the giant slalom and slalom, still plans to compete in all five individual disciplines.

After his practices, Shiffrin said, “I plan to do it (downhill). Yeah, I think my times are pretty good, in the mix, the speeds are pretty good,” adding, “I don’t know, I I just hope it will be a nice solid result, and I think I have good speed and a good opportunity. On the contrary, it is a very important chance to get another race before the combined. Yeah, it is the plan.

Additionally, Americans Alex Hall, who finished eighth in the big air competition, and Colby Stevenson are set to face off in slopestyle. American Nick Goepper, who won a medal in this event at the last two Olympic Games, is also in the game.

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Russian teenage skater Kamila Valieva cleared to compete

BEIJING — Kamila Valieva has been cleared to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

In a landmark decision, the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday ruled in favor of the Russian figure skating superstar and the country’s anti-doping agency, rejecting the provisional suspension Valieva, 15, would otherwise have faced after being tested positive for a forbidden heart. medication.

The CAS panel ruled that the six-week delay between when Valieva’s sample was taken and when she was informed of the positive result was “not her fault” and noted her special status a “Protected Person” under the World Anti-Doping Rules. , because she is not yet 16 years old.

-Tom Schad

USA increases medal count with four more on Monday

After a stellar day for American women, the United States moved up to third place in total gold medals at the Beijing Olympics with seven.

Bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor won gold and silver in monobob, while first-time Olympian Megan Nick won bronze in women’s aerials and the ice dance team of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue also won won bronze.

Team USA now has 16 medals in total, putting them third overall behind Norway’s 19 and Russian Olympic Committee’s 18.

The Norwegians are also in the lead with nine gold medals. Germany is second with eight.

USA Women’s Hockey Team to Face Rival Canada in Gold Medal Game

The USA women’s hockey team is heading to the gold medal game.

Hilary Knight had a goal and an assist, and Alex Cavallini stopped 25 shots to lead the Americans against Finland 4-1 in the semifinals.

Team USA will go for its second consecutive Olympic gold medal against Canada (11:10 p.m. ET Wednesday). The United States and Canada have met in six of the seven Olympic women’s hockey finals. Canada has won gold four times.

“You know, I think it’s wonderful hockey. It’s the greatest rivalry in sport,” forward Hilary Knight said after scoring a goal and adding an assist in Monday’s victory. “It brings out the best and the worst of both of us at the same time. And it’s just a wonderful game.”

Shiffrin back on the slope; Valieva patina

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