Russian Figure Skaters Will Get Olympic Bronze After Valieva Disqualification

International skating’s governing body on Tuesday stripped Russia of its victory in the team figure skating event at the 2022 Beijing Olympics and awarded the gold medal to the United States. The move came one day after the teenage Russian star Kamila Valieva, who had led her team to an apparent victory in the team event, was banned for four years for doping.

But rather than disqualify Russia’s team for including an ineligible skater, the governing body, the International Skating Union, adjusted the results of the competition in a way that awarded Russia the bronze medal instead.

In revising the results, the skating union said that it had disqualified Valieva and dismissed all the points she had accumulated. Those alterations, it said, put the United States in first in the team event, with Japan second and Russia third.

But in a curious bit of math, the I.S.U. adjusted only the final team totals for each country when it reordered the standings. By not elevating the individual points collected by each team’s women’s singles skaters at the same time, it left Canada, which had been expected to rise to the bronze, in fourth place — a single point behind Russia.

Canada’s skating federation said it was “extremely disappointed” with decision to leave its team in fourth place. It questioned if the I.S.U. had applied its rules fairly and said it would “consider all options to appeal this decision.”

The Russian Olympic committee said it was already preparing paperwork to appeal any reallocation of the medals. In a previous statement on Monday, it had cast doubt on the “objectivity and impartiality” of the Court of Arbitration for Sport while simultaneously emphasizing that the I.S.U. had applied the rules correctly in awarding its team the bronze.

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