15-year-old Russian figure skating star Kamila Valieva reportedly tested positive for a banned heart drug before the Games, Russian media reported.
The drug detected is trimetazidine, a metabolic agent prescribed for the treatment of angina and dizziness, according to the newspaper Kommersant.
It is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency because it can increase blood flow efficiency and aid endurance. If confirmed, it could cost Russia team gold and jeopardize its participation in the individual event. The positive sample was obtained before Valieva won the European championship in January, reported the RBC newspaper.
Meanwhile, at the Beijing 2022 Olympics, Norwegian Therese Johaug won the second gold medal of her event, in cross-country skiing, women's 10 km, ahead of the two Finnish athletes Kerttu Niskanen and Krista Parmakoski.
In the men's Snowboard cross, Austrian Alessandro Haemmerle wins, according to Canadian Eliot Grondin, third Italian Omar Visentin. In the men's Alpine Combined, first Johannes Strolz from Austria, second Aleksander Aamodt Kilde from Norway, third James Crawford from Canada.
Petra Vlhova won the gold medal in women's slalom at the Beijing 2022 Olympics. The Slovakian, who won the first historic medal for her country, preceded the Austrian Katharina Liensberger and the Swiss Wendy Holdener.
Mikaela Shiffrin still out: after the exit in the giant slalom, she also goes out in the slalom. No medals for one of the big gold favorites. After the second consecutive defeat, the American said in the press conference: "I was pushing off the exit gate and I had every intention of skiing as hard as I could, but I slipped into a corner a bit.
Most aggressive line, most challenging line to ski. It's a pretty terrible time, it won't be terrible forever. I feel pretty down right now."
Peng Shuai in the crowd at the Olympics, but how many doubts
Peng Shuai has appeared among the crowd, this time during the Winter Olympics that are taking place in Beijing.
The Chinese tennis player attended the women's Big Air Freestyle Skiing sporting event where she saw her countrywoman Eileen Gu's triumph, winning the first Olympic gold medal in the category. In November 2021, the 36-year-old accused former Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli of assault.
Shortly after, the two-time double winner in the slam had disappeared immediately afterwards obviously arousing indignation from both the fans and her fellow tennis players who demanded explanations and reassurances so much that the WTA decided to cancel all tournaments in China.
Even this latest issue, as well as the previous interview with L 'Equipè or even before Peng that she had reassured everyone that she was okay after a video conference with the IOC president, still does not convince.
Fans present on social networks, including prominent human rights activists, are convinced that the Chinese Communist Party is influencing the tennis player and using her as a puppet during the games. Among these the Hong Kong activity Joey Siu who defined everything as an architectonic forcing: "If this isn't a forced appearance staged by the CCP, what is it? Has Peng Shuai always been a fan of winter sports?" wrote on Twitter.
"How often do you see a tennis player making such a high profile appearance at the Winter Olympics? Peng Shuai is clearly not free." The same winner Eileen Gu was asked what she thought about Peng Shuai's situation after her gold medal win.
The freestyle skier avoided the question by saying she was glad that Peng was here and doing her thing again. "Eileen Gu just avoided absolutely a question of what she thought about Peng's situation; she said she was happy to see Peng happy, healthy and doing her things to her.
Impossible question for her, and it strikes the heart of the contrast here," tweeted Bruce Arthur, a columnist for the Toronto Star. Yesterday Peng Shuai gave an interview to L'Equipe, where she denied what she had written a few months ago: "First of all I would like to thank the ATP and WTA players, all the athletes and personalities in large numbers who have worried about me," said the Chinese player, who then said she was surprised by the media coverage that the issue generated in the world and, above all, categorically denied the accusations made against Zhang Gaoli.
The story, however, continues to be unclear both because the president of the Chinese Olympic Committee was present during the interview and because the French newspaper had to send the questions by post that it then submitted to the Chinese tennis player.