23. Past Drama
This year’s Olympics didn’t begin on a clean slate. There were numerous problems with the participants of the Olympics even before Valieva’s drama. This included sexual assault accusations from Peng Shuai, a Chinese tennis star, against a former Chinese official.
She was forced to recant the accusations as a result, creating more controversy in China. It turned into a Chinese coverup (via Washington Post). She did appear in a small capacity but was effectively silenced from telling her story. It’s no wonder this year’s Winter Olympics were so tumultuous due to blemishes like this.