Kamila Valieva

What To Know About Russian Figure Skater Kamila Valieva

The teenager helped lead the Russian Olympic Committee to gold on Monday, but is now at the center of an Olympic controversy

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Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva, 15, helped lead the Russian Olympic Committee to gold on Monday with a stunning performance during the team event, becoming the first woman to land a quadruple jump.

Her performance cemented her status as a figure skater to watch at the 2022 Winter Games.

NBC Sports learned Wednesday Valieva tested positive for a banned substance prior to the Winter Games. The drug, trimetazidine, helps with heart muscle function when it’s not receiving enough oxygen. For athletes, the substance may speed up one’s heart rate for a longer period of time. 

NBC Sports reported that Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned substance. What is trimetazidine and have athletes been caught using it before?

The sample was reportedly obtained before she won the European championship last month in Estonia. It’s unknown how this development will affect the results of the team event or Valieva’s eligibility for future Olympic events. 

Here are five things to know about the figure skating star:

She's Set Nine World Records

Valieva has set nine world records during her career and is the second woman ever to land the quadruple toe loop.

She Competed in Three Sports Until She Was 5

She competed in gymnastics, ballet and figure skating until she was 5 years old, when she decided to stick with figure skating.

She Takes Notes From Nathan Chen

She told the Olympic Channel she learns a lot from watching Nathan Chen and Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu.

Her Dog Was a Gift

Her dog Leva was a gift from her fan club.

She Hopes to Become a Psychologist

Valieva shared at the ISU Skating Awards in 2021 that she hopes to become a psychologist in the future.

US Figure skaters Madison Chock and Evan Bates talk about the feeling of skating on fresh ice after the zamboni cleans it in the Capitol Indoor Stadium at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
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