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Recent Russian Doping History

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Ian Harvey of Toko USA provided the following information.  It is hard to imagine that there has not been some form of team supported doping with these numbers, but the Russians vehemently deny any systematic program.
Russian XC and Biathlon positive tests (suspended) since 2001

Egorova (twice positive) – Multiple Olympic and World Champion
Tchepalova – Multiple Olympic and World Champion
Lazutina – Multiple Olympic and World Champion
Danilova – Multiple Olympic and World Champion
Akhatova – Olympic and World Champion Biathlon
Pyleva – Olympic Silver Medalist and Multiple World Cup race winner Biathlon
Dementiev – Olympic Champion
Iourieva – World Champion Biathlon
Yaroschenko – World Champion Biathlon
Rysina – U23 World Champion
Matveeva – World Cup race winner
Baranova – Olympic Champion
Shirayev – 2nd place in a World Cup race

5 more Russians reportedly tested positive last winter but their B probes were mishandled so the positive result had to be thrown out. Numerous Russian biathletes have had hematocrits that were too high and had to sit out, but that does not constitute a positive test.  Additionally, Andrey Prokunin und Veronika Timofeyeva, both biathletes, had positive A-samples at this year’s Russian National Championships.

Here’s a fun little game for you. Name a Russian skier from the past 8 years who has not tested positive. There are some, but not too many!

Track the Dope

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Former overall World Cup Champion Virpi Kuitunen (FIN) recently called for the use of embedded microchips to track the whereabouts of professional athletes for anti-doping purposes.  The idea that this could ever become mandatory is ridiculous.  The privacy issues with requiring an athlete to embed an electronic tracking device in their body are enormous – and they should be.  Talk about Big Brother.

But the idea highlights several interesting issues.  First of all, the current system does not make anyone happy.  Athletes must report their daily location and include a one hour window when they will be available for anti-doping inspections.  Every day.  Do you ever make a last-minute decision to head out of town for a few days – to visit friends, hit the mountains?  Such spontaneous endeavors become significantly more difficult if you are an elite athlete.  Sure, as Duncan Douglas points out, competing at the highest level is a privilege, not a right, but most anti-doping measures have been inflicted on the innocent because of the cheaters.  At best, clean athletes gamely endure the strict protocols, while others have come out strongly against the invasions of privacy and the restrictions on their daily lives.