15-Year-Old Wins Russia’s First Pyeongchang Olympics Gold
Russia—or, to give the team its proper name in the wake of the doping scandal, Olympic Athletes from Russia—has finally won a gold medal in South Korea, and it came from a 15-year-old. The team—stripped of its name, flag, anthem, and dozens of athletes who were implicated in the scandal that tarnished the 2014 Games in Sochi—has won 14 medals in Pyeongchang, but teenager Alina Zagitova picked up the first gold in Women’s Figure Skating Singles early Friday morning. Zagitova is one of the 169 athletes from Russia who were allowed to compete as neutrals in the Winter Olympics despite Russia being banned from competing. Shortly after Zagitova’s triumph, a second athlete at the Games from Russia—bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva—tested positive for a banned substance.