The 35-year-old Russian skater, who was not named and lives in Germany, was being hoisted at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday by a cable attached to the ceiling of the main hockey stadium in Lausanne, according to police in the canton (state) of Vaud.
Athletes at the 2020 Olympic Games will not be allowed to take a knee - unless they're tying their sneakers.
But the International Olympic Committee document leaves little room for doubt about what will be allowed in Tokyo, with other prohibited protests including taking the knee - something which has swept American sports in recent years - or any hand gestures with political meaning.
"We needed clarity and they wanted clarity on the rules", said Kirsty Coventry, chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission, which oversaw the new three-page document.
Athletes will be allowed to express political opinions in media gatherings, press conferences, and mixed-zone interviews, and on social media.
"The unique nature of the Olympic Games enables athletes from all over the world to come together in peace and harmony", the guidelines say.
At a briefing Thursday, Takashi Kitajima, general manager of the Tokyo 2020 athletes village, said of the beds: "We prefer not to destroy things we build but continue to use them - this is a major element for providing sustainability". Fencer Race Imboden kneeled and hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised a fist in protest. They both received 12 months of probation.
Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa showed support for civil rights protestors in his home country by crossing his wrists at the finish line during the 2016 Olympic Games, the Washington Post notes.
Olympic athletes looking to follow Colin Kaepernick's lead will have to do it somewhere other than Tokyo.
The IOC said the redistribution of more than 90 percent of its own revenues - the majority of which comes from broadcasters and sponsors - was vital for many athletes, federations and national Olympic Committees with limited resources. Still, Coventry said the International Olympic Committee panel had "an open door policy" and welcomed approaches from independent athlete groups who wanted to challenge the system. The IOC is expected to try to ensure it is displayed at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.