Winter Olympics 2022 latest updates: Scandinavian nations flourishing, Jacobellis brings first gold for US, Valieva’s alleged drug case
Scandinavian nations Norway, Austria, and Sweden are doing increasingly well at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Norway leads the medals table with five gold, three silver and four bronze medals.
Austria has also earned 12 podium finishes, winning four of each colour (gold, silver, bronze).
Sweden has won four gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the 2022 Beijing Games.
Jacobellis wins first gold medal for USA
Lindsey Jacobellis won the gold medal in snowboard cross to help the United States enter the gold medal table at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
At 36, she became the oldest snowboarder to bag an Olympic medal.
Her win at Beijing means Jacobellis now has two pieces of silverware in five appearances at the Winter Games.
Chloe Trespeuch of France won silver, with Canada’s Meryeta Odine taking home the bronze medal in the same event.
Details of Kamila Valieva’s alleged drug case
ROC’s popular skater Kamila Valieva won the gold medal in the team event yesterday.
However, the IOC delayed the presentation, leading to suspicion about problems with the final standings.
It was later confirmed by Mark Adams, an IOC spokesperson, that an ‘active legal case’ is being pursued, leading to the delay and possible rearrangement of medal distribution in the team skating event.
Reports from other news sources in Russia (RBC and Kommersant) have stated that Valieva had tested positive for trimetazidine last month.
The drug is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency as it increases blood flow efficiency and heightens endurance.
If the 15-year-old skater fails to clear the legal boundaries regarding her previous positive test, her gold medal could be taken away at the Winter Olympics.
To make matters worse, she will also be banned from participating in the individual events starting next Wednesday, most of which she is the favourite to win.
The ROC has declined to comment on the matter.