Uzbekistani 74kg freestyle wrestler Soslan Tigiev is set to become the second athlete to be stripped of their 2012 Olympic medal after he tested positive for a banned substance following his bronze medal performance in London.
Tigiev tested positive for the methylhexaneamine, a stimulant that doubles as a nasal decongestant and a dietary supplement. IOC officials told the AP that Tigiev was tested Aug. 10 after winning his bronze medal match, but the result wasn’t confirmed until after competition ended Aug 12.
Tigiev’s case remained confidential while it was investigated by the IOC disciplinary board, which eventually suggested Tigiev be disqualified and his medal be revoked. The findings were submitted to the executive board for ratification and all votes were due to be mailed in by Monday.
Tigiev, who still owns a silver from Beijing, joins Belarusian female shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk as the only two London athletes stripped of their medals from the more than 5,000 blood and urine samples taken before, during, and after the Games. Seven other athletes found guilty of doping were banned before the Olympics.
Ostapchuk lost her gold and was banned from competition for a year – a reduced suspension – after her coach confessed to spiking her food with the anabolic steroid metenolone leading up to the Games.
Tigiev will be stripped of his medal and Hungary’s Gabor Hatos, who lost to Tigiev in a bronze medal match will slide up to bronze. America’s Jordan Burroughs took gold in the event.
The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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