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Russian Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Tested Positive for Banned Substance Trimetazidine in December

The positive test comes after Valieva and her teammates won a gold medal with the ROC in the team figure skating event

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While the Olympic team figure skating competition in Beijing wrapped up several days ago, teams still haven’t been given their medals amid reports that a skater from the Russian Olympic Committee tested positive for a banned substance in December.

According to reports, 15-year-old Kamila Valieva tested positive for a heart medication called trimetazidine, a substance that is usually prescribed as a long-term treatment for angina pectoris, a disorder that leads to insufficient blood flow to the heart.

The substance is on the banned substances list produced by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Multiple Russian media outlets reported Valieva's positive test for the substance, and NBC News has now independently confirmed her identity.

NBC News has reached out to the International Skating Union and the Russian Olympic Committee for comment, but no formal response has been issued at this time.

The ROC ultimately captured the gold medal in the team event, with the United States taking home the silver and Japan the bronze.

Canada finished in fourth place in the competition.

It is not known at this time whether the IOC or ISU is contemplating stripping the ROC of its medal in the competition, or if Valieva will be allowed to compete in the women's competition later in these Olympics.

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