Feb 9, 2022 - Sports

"Legal issue" delays Olympic team figure skating's medal ceremony

Russia's gold Olympic figure skating team gold medalists at the Beijing flower ceremony on Monday.

Gold medalists Kamila Valieva, Anastasia Mishina, Aleksandr Galliamov, Victoria Sanitsina, Nikita Katsalapov and Mark Kondratiuk of Team Russia during the Team Event flower ceremony in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

A "legal issue" has delayed the medal ceremony for the team figure skating competition at the Beijing Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee and International Skating Union announced on Wednesday.

The intrigue: No details were immediately given as to why Tuesday's scheduled ceremony for the Russian Olympic Committee team's gold, Team USA's silver and Japan's bronze medals did not take place.

What they're saying: IOC spokesperson Mark Adams said the "situation arose and came at short notice," per the BBC.

  • "It's an emerging issue so I can't add very much at the moment," Adams said.
  • He added that everyone was "doing absolutely everything that the situation can be resolved as soon as possible," but "as you know, legal issues can sometimes drag on," AP reports.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with further comment from Adams.

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