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Feb 23, 2014

Austrian cross-country skier Duerr tests positive for EPO

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr, who placed eighth in the Sochi Olympics skiathlon, has tested positive for performance-boosting EPO and has been excluded from the Games, the Austrian Olympic Committee said on Sunday.

Duerr, 26, is the fifth athlete to test positive at the Winter Games, which conclude later on Sunday.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Austrian cross-country skier Duerr tests positive for EPO

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr, who placed eighth in the Sochi Olympics skiathlon, has tested positive for performance-boosting EPO and has been exluded from the Games, the Austrian Olympic Committee said on Sunday.

Duerr, 26, is the fifth athlete to test positive at the Winter Games, which conclude later on Sunday.

Feb 22, 2014

Speedskating: Suits not to blame for failures, says U.S. Committee

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – American speedskaters may have flopped at the Sochi Olympics failing to win a single medal but their controversial suits had nothing to do with it, United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said on Saturday.

The Americans went home without a medal for the first time since the 1984 Sarajevo Games, despite proclaiming their team of 17 skaters could match the feat of the 2002 squad, who won a record eight medals at their home Salt Lake City Olympics.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Speedskating-Suits not to blame for failures, says U.S. Committee

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – American speedskaters may have flopped at the Sochi Olympics failing to win a single medal but their controversial suits had nothing to do with it, United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said on Saturday.

The Americans went home without a medal for the first time since the 1984 Sarajevo Games, despite proclaiming their team of 17 skaters could match the feat of the 2002 squad, who won a record eight medals at their home Salt Lake City Olympics.

Feb 22, 2014

We failed in Sochi, says German team chief

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Germany had set out to equal their Vancouver 2010 performance and finish in the top three in the medals table at the Sochi Olympics but with two days of competition left, team chief Michael Vesper admitted they had failed.

With only 16 medals from a predicted 27-30 and a high-profile doping case which led to former Olympic cross country champion Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle being thrown out of the Games, Vesper said this was not what they had set out to achieve.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-We failed in Sochi, says German team chief

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Germany had set out to equal their Vancouver 2010 performance and finish in the top three in the medals table at the Sochi Olympics but with two days of competition left, team chief Michael Vesper admitted they had failed.

With only 16 medals from a predicted 27-30 and a high-profile doping case which led to former Olympic cross country champion Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle being thrown out of the Games, Vesper said this was not what they had set out to achieve.

Feb 22, 2014

Sochi broke ice of skepticism over Russia: Deputy PM

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Sochi Olympics were successful in “breaking the ice of skepticism” surrounding hosts Russia, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Saturday, a day ahead of the Winter Games closing ceremony.

Russia’s human rights record had been called into question in the buildup to the Games following the arrest and jailing of several high-profile dissidents, while critics said the country’s anti-gay propaganda law curbed the rights of homosexuals.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Sochi broke ice of scepticism over Russia: Deputy PM

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – The Sochi Olympics were successful in “breaking the ice of scepticism” surrounding hosts Russia, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Saturday, a day ahead of the Winter Games closing ceremony.

Russia’s human rights record had been called into question in the buildup to the Games following the arrest and jailing of several high-profile dissidents, while critics said the country’s anti-gay propaganda law curbed the rights of homosexuals.

Feb 21, 2014

Italy bobsledder Frullani tests positive in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Italian bobsledder William Frullani has tested positive for a banned substance at the Sochi Winter Olympics and will not compete with the team, Italian officials said on Friday.

Frullani is the second athlete to test positive for drugs at the Games after German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle.

Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-German, Italian thrown out in doping cases

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Germany’s two-times Olympic cross-country skiing champion Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle and Italian police officer and four-man bobsledder William Frullani were thrown out of the Olympics on Friday after testing positive for drugs.

Sachenbacher-Stehle, who was competing in the biathlon in Sochi but did not win a medal, tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamin with the second “B” sample tested on Friday.

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