Shcherbakova wins figure skating gold as Valieva collapses

Russian figure skater Valieva tumbles and takes fourth in women's free skate program.
After Disastrous Performance Kamila Valieva Falls To Fourth Russian Teammate

BEIJING (AP) — Anna Shcherbakova won a stunning gold medal in women’s figure skating at the Beijing Games on Thursday night, while Russian teammate Kamila Valieva tumbled all the way out of the medals after a mistake-filled end to her controversial Olympics.

Shcherbakova performed a near-flawless free skate to leap over the 15-year-old Valieva, the leader after the short program.

Valieva threw up her arms in resignation and disgust after her program.

Russian teammate Alexandra Trusova leaped to silver with her quad-packed program while Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto held onto the bronze medal.

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