Delay in ice skating medals following drug test in Russia

The medal ceremony for the team figure skating event at the 2022 Olympics was delayed late Tuesday night amid reports of a failed drug test among the gold medal-winning Russian team.

The ceremony was pulled from its timeslot late Tuesday night over “legal issues”, as the IOC reported. A source close to the situation told USA Today that a member of the six-person Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team tested positive for doping.

The source did not reveal which skater tested positive. The Russian team includes 15-year-old Kamila Valieva (a gold medal favorite in the individual event); Mark Kondratiuk, 18; Anastasia Michina, 20 years old; Alexander Galliamov, 22; Victoria Sinitsina, 26; and Nikita Katsalapov, 30.

Kamila Valieva of the ROC team
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Figure skater Mark Kondratyuk of the Russian Olympic Committee
Figure skater Mark Kondratiuk of the Russian Olympic Committee
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Team USA was slated for a silver medal and Japan for a bronze medal. If the Russians were disqualified, the Americans could move up to the gold medal, with Canada (who finished fourth) vying for bronze.

“Let’s wait, for the sake of understanding, for explanations from our sports officials or the IOC,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to ESPN.

This is just speculation at this point, as so far the IOC has yet to officially acknowledge that a participant was directly involved in any wrongdoing. Should there be a disqualification, an appeal would likely follow, further delaying the ceremony.

Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov of Team Russia skate during the Free Skating Team Event in Pairs
Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov of Team Russia skate during the Free Skating Team Event in Pairs
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ROC's Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov perform at figure skating team event
ROC’s Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov perform at figure skating team event
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“Everyone is doing absolutely everything to get the situation resolved as quickly as possible,” said IOC spokesman Mark Adams, although he also acknowledged that “legal issues can sometimes drag on.”

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