. If history is any judge, this could be the last of Kamila Valieva on an Olympic stage « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NBC NEWS At 15, Valieva could already be on the downside of her career — doping scandal aside — as she leaves Beijing as a long shot for another Winter Games appearance, in Italy in 2026.The country’s powerful figure skating program cycles through talent like no other, with these Beijing Games marking the fourth straight Russian women’s team with no Olympic veterans. In modern figure skating, which often puts a premium on lighter-weight athletes with maximum strength, even a teen like Valieva could be hard-pressed to stay ahead of younger competitors. “This is a mill.”

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