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Kamila Valieva is the first woman to lead the women's short competition since doping ruling

Russian teenager skater Kamila Valieva won the women's short skate Tuesday with the highest score. This was her first competition since a ruling allowed her to skate.

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Kamila Valieva is the first woman to lead the women's short competition since doping ruling

After Valieva's stunning performance with a series of spins and lutzes, Valieva burst into tears. She scored 82.16, which put her at the top in the women's singles figure-skating leaderboard. After Monday's ruling by judges, Valieva was able to continue competing in the Olympics for a few minutes. Although she was tested positive in Russia for trimetazidine in December, her results were only revealed last week.
According to the court, the investigation into her doping offense would take several months. It also gave her a favorable decision because she was a minor or "protected" person. She is therefore subject to different rules than an adult athlete. This decision was condemned by Sarah Hirshland , USOPC president, and Sha'Carri Richardson who was denied entry to the Tokyo Olympics after she tested positive for THC, an ingredient in marijuana.

A Tuesday ruling was confirmed by an Olympic official, who said that there was a mix up with her grandfather's medication for heart disease.

"She presented elements that raised doubts about her guilt and she was in an extremely special situation that the Olympic Games only take place every four years. If she missed the competition at these Games, the damage couldn't be repaired," stated Denis Oswald who is the permanent chair of the International Olympic Committee's discipline commission.

This issue was made public after a delay in the women’s team figure skating competition. Russia came in first partly due to Valieva’s strong performance. Since then, the IOC has stated that there will be no medal ceremony and that Valieva would not be awarded a medal if she places in the top three for women's figure skating.

Anna Shcherbakova was Valieva's 2021 world champion figure skater. She took second place on Tuesday. Japan's Kaori Sakamoto finished third to prevent a sweep by Russia. Alysa Liliu, the youngest American member of Team USA in Beijing was 8th. Mariah Bell and Karen Chen were 11th and 13th respectively.

Twenty-five top 30 figure skaters will advance to the free skate round on Thursday, the second part in the women's singles figure-skating competition. Zhu Yi, the figure skating competitor who gave up American citizenship to compete for China, was 27th.

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