Yes, a Russian wins figure skating gold, but it’s not who was expected

Embroiled in a doping scandal, Kamila Valieva could not hold it together in the final program

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February 17, 2022 - 11:25 AM

Kamila Valieva of Team ROC falls during the Women Free Skating event Thursday at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/TNS)

BEIJING (AP) — A Russian woman was standing atop the figure skating podium at the Beijing Games on Thursday night.

It just wasn’t the one anyone expected. 

Even the fact that there was a podium was a surprise

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