Thursday, February 16, 2006


Olga Pyleva was suspended Thursday for failing a doping related test. She is the first athlete to test positive at the Turin Games. She had won the silver medal on Monday, but had to forfeit after the testing was done. She had been considered a leading contender.
Four years ago, Pyleva had won the gold and bronze medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City games.

Doping testing are being done and over 1,200 samples are being tested at the Turin Games, versus in Salt Lake City 4 years ago, in which there has been a 72% increase since that time.

A dozen cross-country skiers were suspended for five days for high hemoglobin, which they consider health checks, although this could mean doping as well. Since that time, 7 have been retested and cleared, 1 retested and failed and the other 4 have not yet been cleared.
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