Olympics: Suitin’ up

February 9, 2022
The GIST: Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but there’s some major controversy coming out of Beijing. From lawsuits to legal issues to disqualifications, we’re talking more drama than an episode of Succession.
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Figure skating: The ROC, the U.S. and Japan are still awaiting their respective team event medals after the award ceremony was postponed due to an ongoing legal issue.

  • While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has provided few details, only saying, “We have athletes that have won medals involved,” an ROC skater reportedly failed a drug test. We told you this was wild.
  • Should any disqualifications be assessed, an appeal will surely follow. And with the U.S. potentially in line to upgrade from silver to gold, we’ll be watching extra closely.

💨 Speed skating: Meanwhile, the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee has issued an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport after two of its speed skaters were disqualified from the men’s 1,000m semifinals.

  • As we mentioned yesterday, the decision benefited Chinese skaters, who went on to win gold and silver.

🎿 Ski jumping: And finally, for a different kind of suit (literally). Five female skiers from Austria, Japan, Norway and Germany were disqualified from yesterday’s mixed team jumping event for wearing outfits that were too baggy, despite wearing the same jumpsuits from earlier competition.

  • Germany’s Katharina Althaus said the decision “destroyed women’s ski jumping,” while a German men’s skier said it was as if the rules for the women “were changed overnight.” Can we please stop policing women’s bodies?