Olympics Live: US skaters lose appeal to get silver medals | Health and Fitness

Olympics Live: US skaters lose appeal to get silver medals | Health and Fitness

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the Beijing Winter Olympics:

Arbitrators have rejected a last-ditch request by American figure skaters to have their silver medals awarded before the end of the Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in Beijing that it dismissed the appeal by the nine skaters, who finished second in the team event that was marred by a doping positive by Russia’s 15-year-old Kamila Valieva.

In an earlier decision, CAS had allowed Valieva to compete in the women’s event after her doping positive went public. The International Olympic Committee responded by saying that no medals would be awarded in any event where she finished in the top three.

Slovakia has won its first Olympic hockey medal in the nation’s history.

Slovakia defeated Sweden 4-0 to win the bronze medal in men’s hockey at the Beijing Winter Games.

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Juraj Slafovsky scored two goals for Slovakia. Slafkovsky at 17 is the youngest player in the tournament and leads all scorers with seven goals.

Slovakia is coached by Canada-born Craig Ramsay. Ramsay played 14 NHL seasons and was an assistant in the league for two decades.

Finland plays the Russians for gold on Sunday.

Sweden defeated Switzerland 9-7 to win the bronze medal in women’s curling.

It was the fifth straight Olympic medal for the Swedes. They won gold in 2018, 2010 and 2006 and silver in 2014. Switzerland has not medaled since finishing second at the Turin Games in 2006.

Sweden’s bid for another gold ended with a loss to Britain in the semifinals. Britain faces Japan for the gold.

Laura Nolte and Mariama Jamanka added to Germany’s record haul of Olympic sliding medals.

And U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor extended her medal record.

The German sliding domination of the Beijing Games continued Saturday night. Nolte drove to gold and Jamanka won the silver in the women’s bobsled competition.

Germany is now up

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