Olympic News

February 19

The Court of Arbitration panel dismissed the U.S. application. Read the decision HERE.

February 18

American skaters who competed in the Team Event filed an application to have the silver medals awarded in Beijing. 

February 15

Vincent Zhou is slated to hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon in Beijing.

February 14

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rules in favor of Kamila Valieva and she is now permitted to compete in the women’s event. However, the World Anti-Doping Authority and others will be conducting investigations into the adults that surround the 15-year-old. Read the decision HERE.

February 12

The German Skating Federation announced today that Nolan Seegert was released from the quarantine hotel at noon on Feb. 11 and moved back into the Olympic Village. After the test results raised a CT value of over 35 for three consecutive days Seegert is now treated as a ″Close Contact.″ He has resumed training for the competition with his partner Minerva Fabienne Hase, but remains separated from other members of the team.

While the rest of the Russian men’s contingent and their respective entourages departed China for Moscow on Saturday, Mark Kondratiuk received a phone call shortly before leaving telling him he was not going with the group and would remain in China.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing with respect to the Valieva doping issue will take place by video conference on Sun., Feb. 13 at 8:30pm (Beijing time). A decision is expected to be rendered in the afternoon of Mon., Feb. 14. ″We want this to be expedited as quickly as possible and you will have a resolution on Monday,″ said International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams.

February 11

The official statement on the status of Kamila Valieva has been released by the International Testing Agency (ITA). Valieva tested positive for trimetazidine at the Russian Championships in December. A sample was collected by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) at that time but the results of that test were not returned until Feb. 8. RUSADA suspended Valieva with immediate effect. Valieva appealed. The provisional suspension imposed upon Valieva has been lifted temporarily. Read it HERE.
The ITA, on behalf of the IOC, will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a decision prior to Feb. 15, the date the women′s short program will take place.
February 9

News sources are now reporting the delay with the Team Event medal ceremony is due to a positive drug test of one of the figure skaters on the ROC team. This has not been confirmed by the ISU or the IOC. The ISU vice president, Alexander Lakernik, confirmed that nothing is official at this point.  

February 8

The medal ceremony for the Team Event, which will take place at the Medal Plaza, has been delayed twice with no explanation. Photographers, who were not provided notice of the change, attended at the Plaza on Tuesday night and were advised it had been postponed once again.

February 7

Vincent Zhou has had to withdraw from the individual competition following a positive test for COVID-19. Watch his heartfelt message to the world HERE.

Newsweek Japan has an exclusive interview with Brian Orser on working with Yuzuru Hanyu. Read it HERE (Japanese) 

February 6

The draw for the individual men’s short program has taken place. Roman Sadovsky is first out of the gate. Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno skate 21 and 22 in the second-to-last flight. Yuma Kagiyama, Keegan Messing, Nathan Chen and Jason Brown are in the final flight.

A collision occurred during a pairs practice session this morning between the Canadian team of Vanessa James and Eric Radford and Italy′s Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise. All involved said they are fine and intend to compete. James and Radford will skate the free in the Team Event.

Yuzuru Hanyu arrived in Beijing on Sunday, Feb. 6. His quest for a third Olympic title gets underway Tuesday (Beijing time) with the men′s short program.

German pairs skater Nolan Seegert is still locked in a quarantine hotel in Beijing. He was recently moved to a larger room and the German hockey team had exercise equipment delivered to him so he could start working out as nothing was provided to him by Chinese officials.

Russian ice dancers Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin were scheduled to leave Moscow for Beijing on Feb. 6, but the Russian federation confirmed the team did not catch the scheduled flight. Mon., Feb. 7 is the last direct flight to Beijing.

February 5

CBC is reporting it has been advised by the Canadian Olympic Committee that Keegan Messing is currently flying to Montréal where he will have a final PCR test before heading to Beijing. He is expected to arrive on Feb. 7, the day before the men′s short program takes place.

February 4

Team standings after the first day of competition in the Team Event:

Nikita Katsalapov confirmed that Kamila Valieva (ROC) will compete the short program in the Team Event.

CBC is reporting that Keegan Messing has two negative tests, is completing the necessary paperwork and the COC hope to have him on a plane to China as soon as possible.

February 3

NBC reported that Karen Chen is expected to be the person competing the short program in the Team Event for the USA. 

Nikita Katsalapov has been named as the captain of the ROC team.

With the first figure skating competition set to begin in a matter of hours, the world is wondering ″Where is Yuzuru Hanyu?

Entries for the men′s/pairs short programs and the rhythm dance have been published. If any athlete entered receives a positive test, nations will not be able to replace that person with another.

The men′s field in the Team Event is down to nine with Ivan Shmuratko of Ukraine out after reportedly receiving a positive test.

Brendan Kerry has been chosen as one of two flag bearers for Australia at the opening ceremony. 

Life inside the Olympic bubbles. Source: BBC

February 2

Stéphane Lambiel is currently isolating in Switzerland after receiving a positive test on Jan. 29. 

Olympic News

Russian ice dancers Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin did not fly to Beijing on Wednesday on the Olympic charter from Moscow, the last available direct flight. They will miss the team tournament and will now leave on one of the scheduled flights on either Feb. 6 and 7. Source: Match TV

The German press reported that pairs skater Nolan Seegert had tested positive on arrival and is in an isolation hotel. Source: Sportschau. The team will not be able to compete in the Team Event but can participate in the individual event if Seegert tests negative prior to the competition.

Keegan Messing is still in Vancouver and will miss the Team Event. The COC is hopeful he will be able to contest the individual event, which begins Feb. 8.

Messing confirmed he caught the virus but has no idea where or how. Source: National Post

Japan′s Shoma Uno, Yuma Kagiyama, Kaori Sakamoto and Wakaba Higuchi arrived in Beijing this morning. Source: JSF Twitter

February 1

Canada′s top male skater Keegan Messing is still in Canada awaiting the necessary COVID test results to travel to Beijing. All participants traveling to the Games must produce two negative PCR results in order to board a flight. Source: CBC

The deadline for each nation to submit the names of the competitors in the men and pairs short programs and the rhythm dance in the Team Event has been extended until 9 p.m. (local time) on Feb. 3, and 9 p.m. on Feb. 5 for the women′s short to allow time for PCR tests to be conducted and the athletes to be cleared.