Boston skaters weigh in on Olympic doping scandal

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Russian figure skating phenom Kamila Valieva stands at the top of the leader board after the short program at the Beijing Olympics. She's widely considered the full package, combining artistry and athleticism. Coming into the games, she was the clear favorite to win the gold.

However, it came out that she'd tested positive for a banned heart medication that can help with endurance back in December. An international court ruled that she can still compete, but if she wins, there will be no medal ceremony.

The investigation is still underway, and who knows how things will end up. Meanwhile, young skaters are watching, including here in the commonwealth. What's the take-home message for them?

We spoke with Karin Shimizu-Brennan, who skates at the Boston Skating Club. She's been skating for 7 years and, like Valieva, she's 15. We also spoke with one of the coaches at the Skating Club of Boston, Fred Palascak, who is also a former national pair skater.

This segment aired on February 16, 2022.

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