The off-ice drama has finally ended, and attention can now turn to the start of the 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 has been cleared to compete in the short program after a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. A test that Valieva took two months ago was flagged for a banned heart medication, but CAS ruled that the 15-year-old Valieva, a “protected athlete” because of her age, can compete.
Also, U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who skied out in the giant slalom and slalom, is still planning to compete in all five individual disciplines.
After her training runs, Shiffrin said: “I’m planning to do it (downhill). Yeah, I think my times are pretty good, in the mix, speeds are pretty good,” adding, “I don’t know, I’m just hopeful that it could be a nice solid result, and I think I have good speed and good opportunity. If anything, it’s a really important chance to get another run in before the combined. Yeah, that’s the plan.”
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MEDAL COUNT: How each country is performing at the Winter Games
After a stellar day for American women, the USA has moved into third place all by itself in total gold medals at the Beijing Olympics with seven.
Bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor took gold and silver in the monobob, while first-time Olympian Megan Nick won a bronze in women’s aerials and the ice dancing team of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue also won bronze.
The Norwegians also lead the way with nine golds. Germany is second with eight.
The U.S. women’s hockey team is headed to the gold medal game.
Team USA will seek its second straight Olympic gold against Canada (11:10 p.m. ET Wednesday). The U.S. and Canada have faced each other 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 most beautiful rivalry in sports,” forward Hilary Knight said after scoring a goal and adding an assist in Monday’s win. “It gets the best and the worst out of both of us at the same time. And it’s just a wonderful game.”