Russian Olympic Gold Medalists Retire After EPO Positive Test

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on August 25, 2009 2:25 pm

EPO has become synonymous with all lung-challenging sports.  We’ve already seen its damaging effect on the Tour de France, and now, once again, we’re seeing EPO becoming a big story in cross-country skiing.

Julia Chepalova, a three-time Olympic gold medalist (1998, 2002, 2006) tested positive during the Tour de Ski at Val di Fiemme, Italy this past January.  Her countryman, Yevgeny Dementiev, gold medalist in the 30km at Turin, also tested positive at the same race.

Joining the EPO party was a third Russian skier, Nina Rysina.

Chepalova and Dementiev have thrown in the towel, announcing their retirement, while Rysina has asked for her back-up blood sample to be tested.

Hey, instead of rewarding the fastest in cross-country skiing at Vancouver, maybe if Olympic medals went to the three slowest, we could eliminate the EPO problem.  And I could be an Olympic champion!





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