After failing in the women’s figure skating final and missing out on a medal, Kamila Vaileva broke down in tears in heartbreaking scenes at the Winter Olympics on Thursday.
Anna Shcherbakova, a Russian partner, won gold when Valieva, 15, fell numerous times in a catastrophic routine, drawing gasps and shouts from the audience.
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Valieva has been entangled in a doping issue in Beijing, but she has been permitted to continue skating until the matter is settled.
The 15-year-old appeared to be overcome by the uproar, as she collapsed multiple times on Thursday before crying when she received her grade.
“The significance of this is so great that I don’t really comprehend it yet,” Shcherbakova, who is only 17, said.
“Now I’m incredibly thrilled because I was able to show off my finest skating at the right time and at the right place.”
The Russian camp was tense, with an enraged Alexandra Trusova (who won silver) being captured on tape saying: “This sport, this sport, this sport, this sport, this sport, this sport, this sport, this sport, this sport, this sport, this sport, this sport, this sport, I’m not going to the award ceremony… I’m not interested in going.”
Valieva had been in first place after winning the short program on Tuesday, and she was anticipated to add the singles medal to the team victory she had led Russia to when the doping scandal broke out.