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Debate: Should Olympic Figure Skating Rules Be Changed?

A scandal in women’s figure skating at the 2022 Olympics has raised questions about the current state of the competitive sport. After a young Russian skating star was found to have used banned performance-enhancing drugs, she was still allowed to skate but stumbled repeatedly during her routine under the pressure of strong public criticism. Some say the young athletes who excel at the sport are ill equipped to handle its pressures. They want the judging system to change so that older athletes are rewarded for their skills, and coaches are held more accountable. Listen to a former figure skater reflect on the recent games and then debate: Should Olympic figure skating rules be changed?


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  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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