US figure skaters to receive Beijing gold medals in Paris after two-year legal case

  • Ruling on Russian doping upgrades US to gold
  • Team to be presented medals in special ceremony

The US figure skating team was formally confirmed as gold medalists from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics by a sports court ruling on Thursday, opening the way for the team to receive medals at the Paris Summer Games.

“We are thrilled to finally honor these incredible athletes,” Sarah Hirshland, chief executive of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said in a statement. “We are especially excited that the beautiful city of Paris will join us in this celebration.”

It is now more than two years since the American skaters left the Beijing Winter Games without a medal of any color.

They had placed second in the team event to the Russians including teenage star Kamila Valieva, who within hours was implicated in a doping case that took almost two years to judge.

Now, Evan Bates, Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Zachary Donohue, Brandon Frazier, Madison Hubbell, Alexa Knierim and Vincent Zhou should be coming to Paris as official Olympic champions.

On Thursday, CAS said three judges dismissed Russian appeals to be reinstated as gold medalists. The Olympic title was lost in January when Valieva was disqualified and banned for four years.

It took the latest CAS ruling in the Valieva saga to guarantee the US athletes their overdue gold medals, and for Japan to be in line for upgraded silvers.

Special medal ceremonies are planned by the IOC in the second week of the Paris Olympics to honor athletes whose results have been upgraded because of doping cases that were prosecuted and resolved in recent years.

Those celebrations will be in the Champions Park plaza looking across to the Eiffel Tower on the opposite bank of the Seine River.

“This (CAS) decision comes just in time to still be able to make the medal allocation for gold and silver possible,” the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.

“We are glad that this opportunity can be offered to the athletes and teams who, unfortunately, had to wait for a very long time for their medals due to the ongoing legal case,” the Olympic body said.

Valieva, who was 15 years old in Beijing, starred as Russia easily won the team event . No medals were presented because a positive doping test for a banned heart medication, from a sample Valieva gave in Russia six weeks earlier, was revealed on the day the team event ended .

She was cleared by a Russian anti-doping tribunal that ruled she was not at fault for being contaminated by her grandfather’s prescription for Trimetazidine. The proof was lacking, and the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to CAS.

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Democrats praise Biden after president explains historic decision to step aside – US politics live

Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi and Gavin Newsom among those thanking Biden for his service

In a roughly 10-minute speech, Biden pointed to the threat that he says Donald Trump poses to democracy in the US.

“When Ben Franklin was asked,” Biden said, “as he emerged from the convention going on, whether the founders have given America a monarchy or a Republic, Franklin’s response was: a republic, if you can keep it.”

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Paris 2024 Olympics: handball, archery, football and rugby sevens action – live

Before we get to today’s action, let’s take a quick look at Team GB’s medal hopes. We are looking at a possible battle for the ages in the men’s 1500m, world champions in the women’s lightweight double sculls and a chance for some skateboarding glory.

Here’s Ben Bloom with more.

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Was it weird that Mum had died just a year ago and we were on safari? No – it felt right | Ammar Kalia

My dad, my brother and I maxed out the credit cards and went to the Serengeti, working through our grief amid the animals

The summer after my mum died, my brother came up with a plan. Rather than mark the first anniversary of her death in London, where we had all lived together, we should take ourselves on the most extravagant holiday possible. Why cry at home, he reasoned, when we could cry on the beach in luxury?

It was June 2014 and I was 20, on summer break from my second year at university. For the previous four years, I had been living with the fear and understanding that my mum’s death was imminent. She had been diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma in 2009 and only given six months to live. Thankfully, a brutal surgery and experimental dose of chemotherapy helped her into remission before the cycle began again: surgery, chemo, recovery, fear.

Ammar Kalia is a writer and author of A Person is a Prayer

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Why are US shares, gold and the dollar soaring?

The emergence of artificial intelligence has pushed the tech sector to all-time highs, but other assets have risen, too

The US stock market has been on a tear over the past two years. The S&P 500 has increased by roughly 40% since Joe Biden assumed office in January 2021 and, along with the Dow Jones and Nasdaq , is repeatedly setting new records. Moreover, the dollar has strengthened sharply against every major currency , while the price of gold soared to an all-time record of $2,470 an ounce earlier this month.

Economists and commentators have struggled to explain these trends. While the increase in gold prices could be attributed to elevated risk perceptions stemming from political and geopolitical uncertainties, this explanation does not account for the booming stock market. Conversely, the decline in the Vix volatility index since 2022 might explain the US stock market rally but not the increase in gold prices.

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