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Russian Figure Skater At Center Of Doping Scandal Falls Multiple Times During Final Competition, Finishes Fourth



Kamila Valieva

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, the athlete at the heart of an Olympic doping scandal, finished in fourth place in the women’s individual figure skating event with 224.09 points.

The 15-year-old, who was allowed to compete in China despite testing positive for a banned substance, made mistakes on several different jumps throughout her routine, falling on a few separate occasions, CNN reports.

Her teammate, Anna Shcherbakova placed first in the competition after delivering a spectacular free skate performance that topped the field with a score of 255.95.

Kamila Valieva

Kamila Valieva falls during her final routine at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Source: CNN

Valieva left the ice in tears upon the end of her routine, as she received loud applause from those in the stands.

As previously reported by The Daily Boulder, the 15-year-old Russian star tested positive for the banned heart drug trimetazidine, which experts say can enhance endurance. Valieva then blamed the positive test on contamination from medication taken by her grandfather.

RELATED: Russian Skater At Center Of Doping Controversy Blames Grandpa’s Heart Meds For ‘Accidentally’ Failing Drug Test.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had previously said no medal or flower ceremony for the winners would be held should Valieva finish in the top three. Now, a medal ceremony for the three winners —Shcherbakova, Trusova, and bronze medalist Kaori Sakamoto— is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. ET / 7:45 p.m. local time Friday, according to CNN.

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