Edmunds, a retired figure skater who represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, in a tweet Friday said, "While the focus should be on the adults responsible for allowing usage of a banned substance, that cannot excuse the athlete at ANY AGE."
NBC Sports learned Wednesday the 15-year-old Valieva tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned drug which helps with heart muscle function when it’s not receiving enough oxygen. For athletes, the substance may speed up one’s heart rate for a longer period of time.
Edmunds in her tweet said allowing Valieva a pass because she is a minor "is unfair to the clean athletes who have the same dreams."
Valieva's sample was reportedly obtained before she won the European championship last month in Estonia. Her eligibility for the remainder of the Beijing Games was decided in a hearing at the Court of Arbitration.
On Sunday, the court ruled Valieva would still be allowed to compete in the remainder of the 2022 Winter Olympics, despite the positive test in December.
If the 15-year-old skater secures a podium spot, there will not be a medal ceremony.
The court said Valieva is a “protected person,” meaning she was too young to understand the substance she took.
The next Olympic figure skating event is set for Tuesday at 2 a.m. PT.