“It’s a fact that we finished among the medalists. Without a medal, it doesn’t feel real.” Ryuichi Kihara about not getting Olympic medals due to Valieva’s doping case
Ryuichi Kihara about still not getting the Olympic medal that Japanese team won at the Beijing Olympics.
On Tuesday in Colorado Springs, the venue for this week’s Four Continents championships, Japanese pairs skater Ryuichi Kihara joined the United States’ figure skating governing body in voicing frustration over the delay in Valieva’s doping case and non awarding of the medals.
“It’s a fact that we finished among the medalists. Without a medal, it doesn’t feel real,” said Kihara, a member of Japan’s Beijing Olympic team. “It’s a medal we earned through team effort, so I’ve been waiting for the day to celebrate with my teammates what we accomplished.”
Last week, U.S. Figure Skating released a statement saying the team was “frustrated” by how long the process has taken.