Kamila Valieva controversy: IOC will 'initiate' talks on minimum age limit at Olympics after Beijing drama
Kamila Valieva cut a distraught figure after missing out on a medal in the ladies’ singles at Beijing 2022, while a cloud still hangs over her gold medal in the team event after she tested positive for trimetazidine. Valieva was rebuked by her coach, Eteri Tutberidze, after coming off the ice on Thursday, raising questions about whether there needs to be more protection for young athletes.
'Explain to me, why??' - Watch 'chilling' moment Tutberidze berates Valieva
“I think Kamila is a victim in this. But I also think every other girl in that event is a victim of Kamila,” Rippon said before Thursday’s free skate.
“It feels like a completely unfair situation. It feels like we're making accommodations for somebody who didn't follow the rules. That person is also unfortunately 15 years old. And that makes me think also, as a coach, how that skater got those medications.
“It makes me think that those adults around her completely failed her. It's a 15-year-old girl. It's a shame that this is her Olympic experience.”