Can Russian Olympic Success Overshadow Its Doping Scandal?
Until about a week ago, the country was unsure whether its athletes would be eligible to participate in the games.By Eugene Daniels | August 6, 2016
Russian judo competitor Beslan Mudranov took home the country's first gold medal in Rio on Saturday. The first-time Olympian took out the reigning world champ to grab Russia's fourth judo gold ever.
Russia is typically a juggernaut at the summer Olympics; since 1996, the country has always landed in the top four in the medal rankings by the end of competition. But this year, a massive doping bust has left Russia with a smaller team and a big scandal hanging over its head.
The majority of stories about Mudranov have at the very least mentioned Russia's state-sponsored doping. And it makes sense: It wasn't all that clear until about a week before the games whether the entire country would be banned from participating.