Category: Skater

US Figure Skater Barred From Olympics Closing Ceremony Over COVID-19 Despite 14 Negative Results

U.S. figure skater Vincent Zhou couldn’t join his team at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony on Feb. 20 after being flagged as a COVID-19 close contact, despite testing negative for the disease more than a dozen times. “I won’t be marching in the Closing Ceremony tonight,” Zhou wrote on his Instagram story on Sunday. “Before…


Olympic Chief Criticizes Valieva Coach’s ‘Chilling’ Reaction, Kremlin Hits Back

BEIJING—The Kremlin on Friday responded to comments by the Olympic chief, in which he said he was “disturbed” watching Russian teen skater Kamila Valieva crumble under pressure and hit out at the 15-year-old’s coach for her “chilling” reaction. In a press conference earlier on Friday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said he had…


Coach Defends Skater Valieva, CAS to Hold Sunday Hearing on Case

BEIJING—The Russian coach of the 15-year-old figure skater embroiled in an Olympic doping scandal broke her silence to defend Kamila Valieva on Saturday, while the sport’s highest court said it would hold a hearing on Valieva’s Winter Games future on Sunday. Coach Eteri Tutberidze said she was certain Valieva was “clean and innocent” in an…