Kamila Valieva helped Russia win gold in team figure skating at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. It wasn't until after the competition that it was learned she'd previously tested positive for doping.
Skaters from Russia won the team event with the U.S. second and Japan third. But then it came to light that Russian Kamila Valieva had given a positive drug test weeks before the Olympics.
NPR's team in Beijing put together moments and storylines that stuck out — including those that showed immense inner strength, athleticism and grace.
"That was an incredibly troubling outcome," doping expert April Henning says of Russian skating star Kamila Valieva's collapse. She says Valieva "was failed at all levels" by the adults around her.
The 15-year-old athlete tested positive in December for trimetazidine, a drug typically prescribed to much older patients suffering from angina and other heart-related conditions.
A triple jump used to be the gold standard in figure skating. Now it's the quad. For the first time at an Olympics, a woman — Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva — landed a quad in competition.
"The only difference I see is I'm a black young lady," U.S. sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson said, after the Russian figure skater is allowed to compete at the Olympics despite a failed drug test.
The International Olympic Committee says it will abide by a decision that 15-year-old Kamila Valieva be allowed to skate in Beijing but if she wins "no medal ceremony will take place."
Star Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva submitted a doping sample December 25th. It showed she used a banned substance, but the results weren't revealed until after she competed in Beijing.