We Wanted That Medal- Nathan Chen Speaks Out on Not Receiving the Medal at Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Published 02/27/2022, 7:45 AM EST
Gold medalist Nathan Chen from the United States performs during the gala exhibition for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Annice Lyn) ORG XMIT: XAW117

The feeling of not getting what you deserve is the worst feeling ever. After all the hard work and sacrifices athletes put in for the Olympics, not receiving their medals could be really annoying for them.

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Apart from a gold medal in the individual event, Nathan Chen also won a silver medal at the figure skating team event in Beijing.

BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 08: Nathan Chen of Team United States reacts to his score following the Men Single Skating Short Program on day four of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 08, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

However, because of the Russian figure skater, Kamila Valieva’s doping controversy in the Winter Olympics, the winners of the figure skating team event were denied their medal ceremony.

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Nathan on not getting the Silver medal

The 22-year-old Olympic champion Nathan Chen is a little annoyed after not receiving his silver medal in the Olympics. He said,I mean, we did our best. We tried to fight for our case. And we wanted that medal. I know how much it meant to a lot of the rest of our teammates, and definitely to me, as well.”

2022 Beijing Olympics – Figure Skating – Men Single Skating – Free Skating – Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China – February 10, 2022. Nathan Chen of the United States celebrates with the national flag of the United States after winning gold. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Winning at the Olympics is the most prestigious moment for every athlete competing in the games and Nathan Chen understands it more than anyone. He further added, “At the end of the day, there’s only so much that we can do. But we certainly wanted to make ourselves clear—that we wanted to have the ceremony, that we thought that we deserved a ceremony.”

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The Players will not receive their medals until the doping matter is investigated and reached a conclusion.

Kamila Valieva doping controversy

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The 15-year-old Russian figure skater, Kamila Valieva, was tested positive for a heart medication banned in sports because of its performance-enhancing qualities. However, in her defense, Kamila argued that the positive dope test resulted from a mixup with her grandfather’s heart medication. The test was done on December 25, 2021, and the report came after she has already performed in the figure skating team event.

After listening to everything, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) allowed her to compete in the Beijing Olympics. However, her finishing at the top of the podium meant that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not hold the medal ceremony for the winners of the figure skating team event.

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Sadly, the situation has left US figure skaters as the winners without the medal.

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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