There are reports that a medalist at the Winter Olympics failed a drug test. Unfortunately, that’s not uncommon . . . and even less surprisingly, the guy is from Russia, which has been accused of state-sponsored doping.
But what IS surprising is that the athlete is a CURLER. Yes, CURLING, the one Olympic sport that basically everybody thinks THEY can do . . . because it doesn’t seem to require much athleticism.
The guy’s name is Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, and he just won a bronze medal for mixed doubles curling along with his wife. The International Olympic Committee acknowledged the report . . . but they haven’t commented on the case.
Supposedly, he tested positive for meldonium . . . a banned substance that increases blood flow and improves exercise capacity in athletes. It’s used primarily to treat heart and cardiovascular diseases.
It’s unclear HOW it could possibly offer him a physical advantage in curling . . . where you’re basically just letting go of a rock sliding on ice, and then frantically sweeping the ice in front of it with brooms.
If his medal is stripped, then the fourth-place finishers, from Norway, will be awarded the bronze. (Meldonium is also the drug that got Maria Sharapova banned from tennis for two years.)
Originally posted on February 19th, 2018