Olympics Live Updates: Figure Skating Shaken by Kamila Valieva Collapse

ImageKamila Valieva’s disappointment was palpable after an error-filled free skate.
Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Kamila Valieva, the Russian star at the center of a doping scandal, knew immediately it had all gone wrong.

Her program over, her Olympics over, Valieva broke her final pose with a dismissive wave of her right hand. By then, she was already fighting back tears. Those would arrive in earnest soon enough — the bitter, disappointing, emotional end of more than a week of whispers and insinuations that followed the revelation that she had tested positive for a banned drug.

The women’s free skate had promised to be one of the most-watched events of the Games. But few could have expected its stunning denouement.

For more than a week, Valieva, 15, had been buried under…

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