CAS says Russian teen Valieva can skate at Olympics despite doping
Russian teenage figure skating sensation Kamila Valieva is cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to continue competing in the Beijing Olympics despite failing a doping test. CAS Director General Matthieu Reeb says that Valieva is considered a "protected person under the World Anti-Doping Code" and that "the panel considered that preventing the athlete to compete at the Olympic Games would cause her irreparable harm." The International Olympic Committee has announced that there will be no medal ceremony for the women's singles figure skating at the Beijing Olympics if Kamila Valieva finishes in the top three.news.yahoo.com
Layden: Winning without winning -- Shiffrin sets new course at 2022 Olympics
Mikaela Shiffrin took ninth in the super-G Friday in China. Given her first two Olympic races, it was a success. And if you listened closely to her interview afterword, you might pick up the sounds of the best female skier on earth putting herself back together.
Why Belarus Targets Critics in the Streets and Skies
For 27 years, President Alexander Lukashenko has held onto power in Belarus, a former Soviet republic, using increasingly repressive methods. His critics and opponents have gotten louder, and more prominent, since Lukashenko claimed a sixth term following a disputed election in August 2020. Mass arrests, the forced grounding of a European Union flight and an Olympic sprinter fleeing the team to seek asylum in Poland have all focused international attention on the simmering crisis on the EU’s borwashingtonpost.com
Ryan Crouser defends Olympic gold in shot put podium repeat
With teammate Joe Kovacs and New Zealand's Tom Walsh taking silver and bronze, the medal-winning trio's Tokyo finish repeats the exact podium order from Rio, the first time in Olympic history that's happened in an individual event at consecutive Games.
At an extraordinary Olympics, acts of kindness abound
High-jumping friends agreeing to share a gold medal rather than move to a tiebreaker. Kanoa Igarashi of Japan was disappointed when he lost to Brazilian Italo Ferreira in their sport’s Olympic debut. The Japanese-American surfer could have stewed in silence, but he instead deployed his knowledge of Portuguese, helping to translate a press conference question for Ferreira on the world stage.news.yahoo.com
Dutch runner falls, wins, provides indelible Olympic moment
Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan hit the deck during her heat at 1500 meters Monday at Olympic Stadium, but she provided the type of moment the Olympics frequently provide when she got up, started running again, and caught everyone who'd passed her on the way to an emotional victory.
Fiji beats New Zealand to clinch back-to-back Olympic titles
There's only one player who can really compare the elation of winning Fiji's first Olympic gold medal with the emotions of defending the rugby sevens title. For Jerry Tuwai, the world sevens series player of the decade and captain of Fiji, the gold medal draped around his neck after Wednesday's 27-12 win over New Zealand meant more than the celebrated prize he took home from Rio de Janeiro five years ago. It gave the people of his Pacific island nation a reason to celebrate in the midst of a deadly coronavirus outbreak.news.yahoo.com