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Two Athletes Test Positive for Drugs at Sochi Games

  • Victor An of Russia reacts as he crosses the finish line ahead of Wu Dajing of China and Charle Cournoyer of Canada in the men's 500m short track speedskating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace, Feb. 21, 2014.
  • Canada forward Benn Jamie, right, shoots and scores against USA goaltender Jonathan Quick during the second period of a men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 21, 2014.
  • Women's gold medalist, United States' Mikaela Shiffrin, leaves the podium after the flower ceremony for the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 21, 2014.
  • The team from the United States USA-1, piloted by Steven Holcomb, take a curve during the men's four-man bobsled training at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 21, 2014.
  • Austria's Katrin Ofner takes a jump during a women's ski cross seeding run at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 21, 2014.
  • France's Ophelie David, Canada's Kelsey Serwa, Canada's Marielle Thompson and Sweden's Anna Holmlund (L-R) compete during the women's freestyle skiing skicross semi-finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 21, 2014.
  • Sweden's second Fredrik Lindberg is congratulated as skip Niklas Edin stands after winning their men's bronze medal curling game against China at the Ice Cube Curling Center, Feb. 21, 2014.
  • Laura Fortino of Canada (8) gets an elbow in her mask from Jocelyne Lamoureux of the United States (17) during the third period of the women's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 20, 2014.
  • Adelina Sotnikova of Russia competes in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 20, 2014.
  • Li Zijun of China competes in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 20, 2014.
  • Team Canada players pose with their gold medals during the presentation ceremony after Canada defeated Team USA in overtime in the women's ice hockey final game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Feb. 20, 2014.

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Athletes from Italy and Germany have tested positive for drugs in the first announced doping cases of the Sochi Olympics. 
 
Italy's Olympic committee said bobsledder William Frullani has been kicked out of the Sochi Games, after testing positive earlier this week for a banned substance (dymethylpentylamine). 
 
German officials say one of their athletes tested positive for drugs in two samples. 
 
A German ski federation official, Stefan Schwarzbach, said that athlete did not test positive for the blood-booster EPO, but for a stimulant sometimes found in nutritional supplements.
 
That athlete has not been officially identified. 
 
A man walks past a sign reading doping control, at the Laura biathlon and cross-country ski center, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 21, 2014.A man walks past a sign reading doping control, at the Laura biathlon and cross-country ski center, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 21, 2014.
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A man walks past a sign reading doping control, at the Laura biathlon and cross-country ski center, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 21, 2014.
A man walks past a sign reading doping control, at the Laura biathlon and cross-country ski center, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 21, 2014.
In competition Friday, Ukraine edged out Russia to win gold in the women's team biathlon relay, an emotional victory that comes as Ukraine is struggling with a political crisis that has turned deadly.  Norway took bronze.
 
Also, Marielle Thompson narrowly edged out Canadian compatriot Kelsey Serwa to win the Olympic women's ski cross title.
 
The two Canadians, who seized control of the race from the start, gave their country a third gold and silver double in the freestyle skiing events.  Sweden's Anna Holmlund took bronze.
 
Canada also won its third straight Olympic gold medal in men's curling, beating Britain, 9-3.  Britain was seeking its first medal in the sport since 1924.  Canada's women's curling team beat Sweden in Thursday's final.
 
Sweden beat China, 2-0, Friday to win the men's bronze medal.
 
In a men's ice hockey semifinal Friday, Sweden beat Finland, 2-1, to qualify for Sunday's gold medal game.  Sweden's Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots.  
 
The game was a rematch of the 2006 Turin Olympics final, when Sweden took the gold.
 
Later Friday, the United States and Canada renew their rivalry in the other men's hockey semifinal.
 
The Canadian men have won gold in two of the three past Olympics, including in 2010 in Vancouver over the United States.  The two nations squared off Thursday in the women's ice hockey final, with Canada winning 3-2 in overtime.
 
Meanwhile, Russian coaches responded to criticism that figure skating judges favored Russia's Adelina Sotnikova, who won the gold medal in Thursday's final.  At a press conference, the coaches said Sotnikova was a worthy champion, describing how she performed difficult moves in her routine that improved her scoring.
 
Sotnikova upset South Korea's Kim Yuna, who was seeking to become just the third woman to win back-to-back Olympic titles 
 
The United States leads in the overall medal count with 25, followed by Russia with 24, Canada with 23, and Norway and the Netherlands with 22 apiece.  In gold medals, Norway leads with 10, followed by Canada with nine and the United States with eight.
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February 22, 2014 3:51 PM
Thats because your not a proud citizen .


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this whole "Olympics" is a charade...

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