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Figure Skating: Live Results and Scores – The New York Times

Juliet Macur

Feb. 17, 2022, 4:36 a.m. ET

Feb. 17, 2022, 4:36 a.m. ET

ImageKamila Valieva competed in Tuesday’s short program amid controversy over a doping case.
Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Kamila Valieva, Russia’s figure skating prima ballerina, will compete for the gold medal on Thursday in the women’s individual event, a competition that will end with a winner and two other medalists yet is likely to have no true conclusion for months.

Valieva, 15, was cleared to compete in the women’s event by a panel of arbitrators this week even though she had a banned heart drug in her system during the Russian national championships in December. That positive test was made public last week. Now, if she finishes in the top three, there will be no medal ceremony in Beijing because her doping case is unresolved.

The medal ceremony for last week’s team event also was canceled because Valieva had helped her Russian team win. The United States won silver; Japan, the bronze.

As it stands now, with Valieva taking a lead into the women’s free skate, it appears that the cancellation of the medal ceremony on Thursday is likely. The base values for her free skate are so high, and she can score so many points because of her unmatched skills, that it is possible for her to make mistakes and still win. She plans to do several quadruple jumps — jumps that she and her Russian teammates have made routine — and those high-value quads can be worth more than triples, even if performed poorly.

After Tuesday’s short program, Valieva, with 82.16 points, led her Russian teammate and training mate Anna Shcherbakova, the current world champion, who was in second with 80.20 points.

After a surprise finish, Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto was in third, with 79.84 points.

Valieva also became the first woman to land a quad in the Olympics. During the team event, she landed one, and then, for good measure, did a second.

Without quad jumps, the three Americans in the event — Alysa Liu, Mariah Bell and Karen Chen — will not be in contention for a medal.

Correction: Feb. 17, 2022

An earlier version of this article erroneously attributed an achievement to the skater Kaori Sakamoto. She did not land a triple axel in the women’s short program on Tuesday.

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