It has impacted them, unfortunately. It meant that they had to pull out of Worlds 2021 after their momentum had already been stopped due to the pandemic and Worlds 2020 not taking place. So they are at a disadvantage of not having had the opportunity to skate at the big major in front of international judges for two straight years.Mystery solved—what turned out to be a false positive on a drug test at Nationals. I’m sure this was stressful, but fortunately it was not anything that could impact them going forward.
In elite figure skating, makeup can be as important a tool as a boot and blade. It also can sideline an Olympic contender. Jessica Calalang, a U.S. pairs skater and potential member of the team for next February's Winter Games in Beijing, recently had a suspension from the sport overturned.apnews.com
But growth and new opportunities can arise out of adversity. I wish Jessica & Brian well. I will be rooting for them.