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The heartbreaking moment Kamila Valieva came off the ice in 12 photos

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With a disastrous performance in her long program Thursday night, Russian teenager and heavy gold-medal favorite Kamila Valieva dropped out of first place and all the way out of medal contention, finishing fourth.

It was, in short, a meltdown.

Valieva, 15, made mistakes on her first four jumps, then fell on an attempted quad toe loop moments later. She ended up finishing fourth in the long program.

Valieva choked back tears after the music to her program, "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel, stopped playing. She then sat stunned in the kiss-and-cry as her score was announced, remaining there for several minutes.

It was a mind-boggling finale to a weeklong saga that had cast a pall over the Olympic figure skating competition.

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News broke late last week that Valieva had tested positive for a banned heart medication, then provisionally suspended by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, then reinstated by a disciplinary committee upon appeal.

Valieva's fourth-place finish effectively wiped away a decision announced by the International Olympic Committee days earlier, that it would not hold a medal ceremony or award presentation after Thursday's competition if she finished inside the top three. There was a fear that she would be awarded a medal that would later need to be returned, if her doping case was upheld on appeal.

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The Russian teen's performance Thursday changed all of that, and her devastating loss on the ice is reflected in these 12 photos:

Kamila Valieva (ROC) steps out of the rink in the women’s figure skating free program during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games
Kamila Valieva (ROC) steps out of the rink in the women’s figure skating free program during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games
Kamila Valieva (ROC) puts her hands over her face after finishing fourth in the women’s figure skating free program during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Kamila Valieva (ROC) puts her hands over her face after finishing fourth in the women’s figure skating free program during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Kamila Valieva (ROC) reacts in the kiss and cry after her loss.
Kamila Valieva (ROC) reacts in the kiss and cry after her loss.
Kamila Valieva (ROC) shows her pain after her loss in the women’s figure skating free program
Kamila Valieva (ROC) shows her pain after her loss in the women’s figure skating free program
Kamila Valieva (ROC) reacts after her routine in the women’s figure skating free program during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Kamila Valieva (ROC) reacts after her routine in the women’s figure skating free program during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, falls in the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics,
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, falls in the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics,
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, has a meltdown after the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, has a meltdown after the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, talks with her coach Eteri Tutberidze after the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, talks with her coach Eteri Tutberidze after the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, breaks down after losing in the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, breaks down after losing in the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, is consoled by her coach Eteri Tutberidze after competing in the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, is consoled by her coach Eteri Tutberidze after competing in the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, is consoled by her coach Eteri Tutberidze after losing the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, is consoled by her coach Eteri Tutberidze after losing the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Kamila Valieva reacts after her defeat in the women’s long program during the Beijing Olympics.
Kamila Valieva reacts after her defeat in the women’s long program during the Beijing Olympics.

Contributing: Tom Schad

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kamila Valieva misses Olympic medal in long program skate: photos