Figure skater Alina Zagitova wins Russia’s first gold medal

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Technically, Russia did not win its first gold medal at these Winter Olympics on Friday.

Strictly speaking, Alina Zagitova, the 15-year-old victor in women's figure skating, competed as a neutral "Olympic Athlete from Russia." At a medal ceremony later Friday, she was to see the five-ringed Olympic flag raised instead of the Russian flag and to hear the Olympic hymn played instead of the Russian anthem.

But a nominal banning of Russia from the Olympics for...

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