Kamila Valievathe 15-year-old figure skater from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) who was at the center of controversy when she was approved to compete after failing a doping teststumbled during her free skate and finished fourth during the ladies' competition that took place Feb. 17 at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Valieva's slip allowed teammate Anna Shcherbakova to claim the gold medal.
According to ESPN.com, the Beijing Games were supposed to be Valieva's coronation as the sport's next superstarespecially after she completed the first quad by a female competitor in Olympic competition last week. But after the revelation of her failed drug test in December due to the banned heart medication trimetazidine, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision earlier this week to allow her to compete, the competition has been overshadowed by Valieva's participation.
Shcherbakova, who finished with a 255.95 combined score from the two days of competition, stood alone while much of the ROC team consoled Valieva.
Alexandra Trusova, also representing the ROC, won the silver medal after a performance with five successful quad jumps; Japan's Kaori Sakamoto took the bronze.
Had Valieva finished in the top three, there would have been no medal ceremony.
Regarding U.S. skaters, Alysa Liu, 16, had the best result, finishing seventh. Mariah Bell, who had a clean skate, finished in 10th place and Karen Chen ended up 16th.