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Olympic team skaters still don’t have medals a year after Games. Why?

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This week, the Olympic world reaches an ignominious anniversary. It has been one year since the conclusion of the team figure skating competition at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, one year since the athletes’ medal ceremony was postponed, one year since USA TODAY Sports reported that a positive drug test by Russian star Kamila Valieva was the reason for the unprecedented delay and subsequent cancellation of the ceremony. 

To this day, the athletes still do not have their medals. 

“I think last time we spoke, I used the word disheartening when we were on site there in Beijing and certainly have the same feeling unfortunately (one year) later,” U.S. team co-captain Evan Bates said in a recent interview. “It’s a really difficult situation that we find ourselves in, one that we would have never guessed I think when we left Beijing.”

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